Bobby Murcer, originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was a professional baseball player for 17 seasons. Murcer broke into the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees in 1965 and came on full-time in the centerfield position in 1969. Murcer played for the Yankees until 1975, when he was traded to the San Francisco Giants and then the Chicago Cubs in 1977. In 1979, Murcer returned to the Yankees primarily as a designated hitter, where he played in the 1981 World Series, He retired in 1983, making way for a new, young talent – Don Mattingly. Murcer ended his career with 252 home runs, 1,043 RBIs, and a .277 average. He made the All-Star team five years straight, from 1971 to 1975 and won a Gold Glove Award in 1972. Since retiring from his playing days in 1983, Murcer has been a sportscaster for the Yankees — on broadcast TV, radio and, currently, the Yankee cable station, the YES Network.
Sadly, Mr. Murcer passed away on July 12th, 2008 due to complications from a malignant brain tumor.