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Dale Murphy Night

July 21, 2018 | 7 pm
Boyce Cox Field | MAP

Atlanta Brave great Dale Murphy, who began his 20-year career in professional baseball in the Tri-Cities in 1974, will return to the Appalachian League on July 21 when the Bristol Pirates host the Kingsport Mets.

Drafted in the first round of the June 1974 amateur draft, Murphy made his professional debut as a catcher later that month with the Kingsport Braves. He hit five home runs, driving in 31 runs, that summer, and quickly progressed through the minor leagues, earning a late-season call-up to Atlanta in 1976, where he was moved to the outfield.

A seven-time All Star, and the youngest winner of back-to-back National League MVP trophies in 1982 and 1983, Murphy starred with the Atlanta Braves from 1976 until 1990, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies. During his 1983 MVP season, he became the only player to compile a .300 or better batting average, 30 or more home runs, 120 or more runs batted in, score 130 or more runs, draw 90 or more bases on balls, and steal 30 or more bases in one season. Following his retirement from baseball, Murphy’s number 3 was retired by the Braves.

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