Monday, February 8, 2021

HOF Eddie Murray

I am sure that one could be a fan of both Eddie Murray and his longtime teammate Cal Ripken, Jr. But growing up as I did in the Orioles market,  I was totally on Team Murray. Murray is a first ballot Hall of Famer who was inducted in the class of 2003. He earned 85.3% of the vote. Not overwhelming, compared to those that appear on, say, 93% or more, but a solid percentage which leaves no doubt. 

The below is Murray's last base Topps card from 1997. He could have earned a 1998 card, but was not issued one, playing in just 55 games that year. While he played with the Orioles in 1996, she later ended his career playing for both the Angels and Dodgers of Anaheim Los Angeles, Los Angeles Anaheim. Which is in California, I'm told. 

I really dig that he was card 333 as no matter which of the five teams he played for in his career, Murray wore number 33. I wish they would have given him card 33, but they issued that to Kevin Tapani for some reason. Murray won 3 Silver Sluggers and the same number of Gold Gloves. He won one World Series (1983), Rookie of the Year (1977), and was an eight time All-Star. He hit 504 home runs which is nothing to shake your fist at. His fierce looks and mutton chops I think intimidated a lot of people.  

Possibly the highlight of Murray's career, slightly edging out the World Series, is having an the IPA "Steady Eddie" named for him by Union Craft Brewing. 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Murray was always a favorite of mine. I didn't know there was IPA in his name/likeness out there. I'm not a fan of hoppy beverages, but that is very cool!

  2. Ironically, Murray is the subject of my post for today!

  3. Shame that Topps didn't produce a sunset card for him in 1998, because he deserved one. Oh well... at least he got himself on a beer can.

  4. I hadn't seen this one before, nice card though.

    1. I agree, I like the card, which I really neglected to comment on in the post. Not a commonly depicted thing, I don't think?