Â HistoryÂ PlayersÂ TeamsÂ ObituariesÂ Site searchÂ Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsYrsGABHHRRBISBBA1821807960Â 21193981266161.265Dale Murphy’s careerhighlights: All-Star 1980, 1982-87.Â Gold Glove 1982-86.Â National League MVP, 1982, 1983.Â Led NL in slugging% in 1982,1983.Â NL leader in home runs in 1984,1985.Â Led NL in RBIs in 1982, 1983.DaleMurphy End of catching career openeddoor forstardomin outfield Â >> Visit theDale Murphy biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.By DEAN LOLLISÂ Â Dale Murphy’s presence inthe Atlanta outfield often served as undeniable evidence that nice guysfinish last. True, the Braves were actually pennant contenders a coupleof times during Murph’s career in a Braves’ uniform. For the most part,however, the Braves clubs he played on were stuck in the cellar.Early in his career, theBraves thought Murphy was going to be their answer as a catcher. However,the parts of the 1976 and 1977 seasons he played as a catcher proved onething — Murphy simply didn’t have the arm to be an effective backstop.He even had problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher.With the catcher experimentfaltering, the Braves gave Murphy some time at first base. From 1976-1979,Murphy committed 52 errors. He also had some problems with his offense.Murphy led the National League in strikeouts in 1978 with 145 and againin 1980 with 133.Murphy was also splittingtime at first base with Bob Horner. Things changed in 1980 when the Bravestraded Barry Bonnell for Chris Chambliss.Â This opened a spot in theoutfield for Murphy. He responded by hitting 33 home runs in 1980, drivingin 89 runs and batting .281.Murphy vaulted from a goodoutfielder to an Atlanta star in 1982. He hit 36 home runs, drove in 109runs and stole 23 bases. Murphy was an All-Star that season and one theGold Glove for his defense in the outfield. Atlanta won the pennant thatseason and Murphy was named the National League’s MVP.In 1983, he became the youngestplayer in National League history to win back-to-back MVP honors. He hit36 home runs, drove in a career-high 121 runs and stole a career-high 30bases. He also led the league in slugging percentage. Even as the Atlantateams tumbled talentwise over the next few seasons, Murphy continued todisplay his skills. In 1985, Murphy was the top vote-getter for the All-StarGame. He also was presented the Lou Gehrig Award.Murphy was in Atlanta’s openingday lineup for every season from 1978 to 1988. From Sept. 27, 1981 untilJuly 9, 1986, played in 740 consecutive games. He was a member of the elite30-30 club in 1983. He won five straight Gold Glove honors.For Murphy, 1986 was oneof the worst years of his career. Murphy hit .265 with 29 home runs and83 runs batted in. The next year, he came back with a vengeance. Murphyhit a career-high 44 home runs in 1987.In 1989, the Braves dealttheir long-time player to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Tommy Greenefor relief pitcher Jeff Parrett and two other prospects. The move wasn’twithout controversy for Atlanta fans.Murphy’s last season of glorycame in 1991 when he hit 18 home runs for the Phillies. He was sidelinedoff and on with knee problems over the next few years. In 1992, he signedwith the expansion Colorado Rockies, but hit just .143 in 42 at-bats beforedeciding to retire.Atlanta honored their formerstar by retired Murphy’s No. 3 during a ceremony in 1994. At the time heretired, Murphy held 13 Atlanta franchise records. Murphy is still waitingto see if he will be elected into baseball’s Hallof Fame.