After Dominating The '80s, Dale Murphy Deserves Hall Of Fame Spot

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After Dominating The '80s, Dale Murphy Deserves Hall Of Fame Spot
After Dominating The '80s, Dale Murphy Deserves Hall Of Fame Spot

[Timely because of Dale Murphy's inclusion on the 2020 Modern Era Hall of Fame ballot, this article appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research convention program in 2010, when the annual conference was held in Atlanta.] The yardstick for enshrinement in Cooperstown is generally determined by a player's ability to dominate a decade. Dale Murphy more than met that standard. Crippled by recurring knee problems that required mid-career surgery, Murphy retired with 398 home runs – one less than first-ballot inductee Al Kaline and 16 more than 2009 inductee Jim Rice. When he retired in 1993, the long-time Atlanta stalwart ranked 28th on the lifetime home run list. Before Dale Murphy did

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