Eddie Murray

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Sports Speaker Eddie Murray was a power hitting first baseman and designated hitter in the MLB. He played 21 seasons in the MLB spending over half his career with the Baltimore Orioles. Eddie was a 7-time All-Star with the Orioles and made his final appearance in the midsummer classic in 1991 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Eddie is one of only 4 players including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Rafael Palmeiro to have 3,000 hits and 500 career home runs. Following his playing career, Sports Speaker Eddie Murray worked as a hitting coach for both the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Orioles drafted Eddie in the 3rd round of the 1973 MLB Draft. 3 years later he would run away with the American League Rookie of the Year award in his first full season with the Orioles. From 1982-1984, Eddie won 3 straight Gold Glove awards. Alongside good friend and teammate Cal Ripken, Jr., Eddie was a leader on the Orioles team that won the World Series in 1983. He was a fan favorite in Baltimore for his stellar play year after year.

Eddie was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. He put together the same high numbers in the batter’s box for the Dodgers. He lead the league in hitting in 1990 and many baseball historians still claim he was robbed of the National League Batting Title that season. He hit his 3,000 career home run with the Cleveland Indians in 1995. He played for 4 teams from 1996-1997, but fittingly was able to belt his 500th career home run as a member of the team that raised him, the Baltimore Orioles. After retiring at the end of the 1997 season, the Orioles retired Eddie’s #33 jersey.

Sports Speaker Eddie Murray is a first-class Hall of Famer who stands as one of the best first baseman ever to play the game.