Hang in There, Bobby

Bobby Murcer is having brain surgery today in Houston. We wish him a speedy recovery. Murcer has never been our favorite announcer, but by all accounts he’s a nice fellow, a hard worker, and the epitome of the Yankee tradition—the best part of it—despite the fact that he never won a ring with the team. Annointed, unfairly, as the heir apparent to his friend Mickey Mantle, he was unable to live up to the hype, though he had a fine career as a Yankee and elsewhere. For Yankee fans, his most memorable moment may be the walk-off dinger hit in the game immediately following the funeral of Thurman Munson, at which he gave the eulogy. His return and continued presence in the booth illustrate the “Yankee-for-life” ethos that is one of George Steinbrenner’s positive legacies. As an intern at Yankees Magazine in the 80s, I took an elevator ride with him up to the administrative level at the Stadium. He was wearing white pants and a green plaid jacket, and he went out of his way to greet every employee he passed, as if it were second nature. I suppose it was. I’d bet many of those folks, and people like them, are wishing him the best today. Us, too.

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  • the first game i ever went to at the stadium was played on “bobby murcer day.”
    hang in there, bobby. best wishes.

    Yankee Fan In Boston December 28, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • …thanks for the post about bobby, yf…while he never lived up to following in mm’s footsteps [who could have] despite tremendous pressure to do just that, i remember a number of heroic “murcer moments”, like the munson game…how lucky you are to have had that elevator ride with him…he always seemed to be the guy you describe, a down to earth, unassuming, nice guy…i want to join you in your well wishes to him for a speedy and thorough recovery…

    dc December 28, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • heard he is doing ok but that must have been difficult.

    Marisol December 28, 2006, 11:57 pm
  • The hospital’s press release:
    Bobby Murcer, New York Yankees broadcaster and former star outfielder, is awake and resting comfortably following surgery for a brain tumor at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Murcer family would like to thank all those who have extended their well wishes and support.

    YF December 29, 2006, 9:33 am

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