FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
#5 DALE MURPHY
ATLANTA BRAVES 1976-1990
Dale Murphy was obviously a player with a lot of potential when he first came up with the Braves in 1978, but his career hit some bumpy patches early on. He began as a catcher and that was problem number one. His arm was strong, but very inaccurate. I can remember a few of his throws from the position sailing over the intended targets head. He also played some first base, but it wasn't until Bobby Cox made the seemingly odd choice of sending Murph to centerfield that he came into his own. He showed early signs of power during the 70's with a 23 and 21 home run seasons during his first two full major league years, but he also led the league in striking out in 1978.
A 70's Murphy highlight was two home runs off a pretty good pitcher named Steve Carlton on
July 14, 1978. He had more than a few more muti-home run games before his career was through.