An American Hobby: Baseball Memorabilia – 1978 Topps Eddie Murray Card
MLB Reports: twitter-follow screen_name=’MLBreports’ show_screen_name=’yes’] We are pleased to present you with Baseball Author Lee Edelstein as the newest writer with us at the Reports. Lee will be providing us with great stories about baseball memorabilia on a regular basis.
An American Hobby
His nickname was ‘Steady Eddie’ and it was the perfect moniker for Eddie Murray, who would go on to play more games at first base than anyone in baseball history.
As a rookie, Murray played in 160 games, hit .283, swatted 27 homers, and drove in 88 runs. His debut performance earned him the Rookie of the Year Award for 1977.
No sophomore jinx for Murray who, over the next ten years, would average 28 home runs and 99 RBI per year.
Eddie Murray – Baseball Hall Of Fame Biographies
Murray didn’t win many individual awards because he never put up spectacular numbers – his best year was 1983 when he had career highs in home runs with 33 and RBI with 110 – but he had superior seasons almost every year (his career high of 33 homers is the lowest of any member of the 500 Home Run club).
One of the great clutch hitters in the game, Murray never won an MVP Award, but is one of only five players to finish in the top five MVP voting for five consecutive years, the others being Musial, Berra, Bonds, and Pujols.
Murray received the most lifetime votes of any player who didn’t win an MVP Award.
Murray never won a batting title, even though in 1990 he led the major leagues in hitting with a .330 average. Impossible, you say? Here’s what happened: Late in the season, Willie McGee of the Cardinals was traded to the Oakland Athletics.
At the time of the trade, McGee was hitting .335 . . . and he had enough at-bats to qualify for the NL batting title. McGee slumped when he got to Oakland and wound up hitting .324 for the season but, nonetheless, was declared the NL batting champ.
Although he never collected much hardware in the individual awards categories, Eddie Murray built a stellar HOF career. When he retired after the 1977 season, he was in the top ten all-time in games played, at-bats, total bases, RBI’s, IBB, and sacrifice flies.
He is #25 in home runs and #13 in hits. Murray was an eight-time All Star and won three Gold Gloves. He is arguably the second best switch-hitter in the history of the game.
Second to Mickey Mantle in home runs (536 to 504), Murray is first in RBI’s (1,917 to 1,509) for a switch hitter. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked him #77 on their list of the 100 Greatest Players.
Steady Eddie enjoys his rightful place among the greats of the game.
Eddie Murray’s rookie card, #32, was issued by Topps in 1978. As a testament to Murray’s popularity, over 6,155 have been graded. But it is very hard to find one that is perfectly centered – only ten have received a grade of 10, gem-mint.
One of those gem mint cards sold in 2012 for $6,513. Not too shabby for a card from the late-70’s.
Do you have any Mel Eddie Murray memorabilia – let us know!
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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Baseball Memorabilia Enthusiast’ Lee Edelstein for preparing today’s featured article. Lee was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He inherited his love of baseball from his dad.
The game has been Lee’s constant companion since he was seven years old – when his dad took him to see his first ball game at Ebbets Field.
This was followed by a brief and largely unsuccessful Little League career. While he wasn’t all that good on the ball field he became an ALL-Star at collecting baseball cards.
His collection is still alive today after surviving many scares over the years. Lee was also much better at business than playing baseball.
He was good enough that he was able to retire and pursue his other passion – writing about baseball! Chin Music is his first novel. He is hard at work on his second, Mound Music.
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