The Topps: Murcer in ’75


You can take the New Yorker out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the New Yorker. That axiom comes to mind looking at this Bobby Murcer card from 1975, his first year on the Giants after eight seasons on the Yanks. Murcer sports a Giants cap and jersey (thanks to some airbrushing), but there’s no mistaking the stadium in the background, and it’s telling that he’s listed as an “AL All Star.” No matter where he played, Murcer was a Yankee at heart. Bobby wandered the baseball desert for four and a half years after he was dealt out to Bay City for Bobby Bonds. He returned in June of 79 in a deal with the Cubs for minor leaguer Paul Semall. Just over a month later he had his defining moment in pinstripes, a game winner against O’s after delivering the eulogy for his lost friend Thurman Munson.

On this Opening Day, our best wishes go to Murcer for a speedy recovery. We hope to see him in the Bronx soon.

7 comments… add one
  • Sorry to break topic here with the first post, but is everyone else able to log into the fantasy league besides me? Is anyone else getting a “no team specified” message upon login?
    Also, I too wish the best for Murcer.

    Brad April 2, 2007, 8:25 am
  • thanks for the nice tribute to bobby, yf…he was one of my heroes as a young yankee fan…i remember how upset i was when i heard the news about munson, and while bobby’s game-winning hit couldn’t change that tradegy, at a time when his teammates [friends] must have felt so helpless, that one hit must have given them just a tiny bit of distraction from the sadness they felt that day…

    dc April 2, 2007, 8:46 am
  • Just read the Yankee payroll is down to $176 million and the Sox up to $147 million. Wonder when the Sox will be paying more than the “Evil Empire.”
    Play Ball!

    john April 2, 2007, 10:48 am
  • Hey! I have a great idea: lets get a thread going to discuss the Red Sox and Yankee payroll! I think this, if any, is one of the big issues we’ve neglected to really go over on this website. If not, can we talk about A-Rod?

    Brad April 2, 2007, 11:53 am
  • john, did you add in the posting fee of $51m for dmat?….that should close the gap…
    [humor sf’s, humor…bad humor, but humor]

    dc April 2, 2007, 11:58 am
  • YF, great topic to post, and I don’t mean to complain, but Murcer drove in 5 runs against the Baltimore Orioles, not the KC Royals. It was on Monday Night Baseball. Again, not complaining, just correcting that minor thing.

    JS April 2, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Thanks for the catch, JS. The record is hereby corrected. Wrote that thing late last night…..In any case, nice to see Murcer on YES this afternoon, sooner than expected.

    YF April 2, 2007, 5:07 pm

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