Thursday, January 31, 2008
#90 Dale Murphy
Why this card is awesome: Because I think that's Ken Griffey we see right behind Murhpy in the on-deck circle. As you can see here, Griffey was the most common batter in the 5th slot for Atlanta in 1987, coming right after Murphy in the cleanup spot. But it might be Gerald Perry. What do you think? Also, I think it's kind of a travesty that Murphy got only card number 90. I probably would have given him a card ending in 25 or 50, personally.
Cool stat: Again lifting from an old post at the SOTD blog, Murphy was the five-year HR leader in MLB for the periods 1983-1987 and also 1984-1988. Like Joe Carter, though, he also has 2 out of 25 seasons in history with 20+ HR and a SLG under .400. Bonus stat: Murphy's most career HR came against Bob Knepper (8), Fernando (8), Ed Whitson (7), and the late Eric Show (6).