Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bobby Murcer - 5/20/46 - 7/12/08

Bobby Murcer, former New York Yankee outfielder and announcer, died today due to complications from a malignant brain tumor. He was 62 years old.

Growing up in a household of Yankee fans, it's hard to recall a baseball season that didn't involve Bobby Murcer. I remember watching him play. I loved listening to him announce. He was funny and knowledgeable, but never one of those former players who annoyed you to death reminiscing about "when I played yadda, yadda, yadda." Some current ex-player-turned-announcers could take a few lessons from him.

The malignant brain tumor was first discovered in late 2006. He had surgery and later returned to the Yankees booth for a short time. It was great to hear his voice again and it's a little odd to know that voice is now silent.

I don't really know what else to say.

Rest in peace, Bobby. And say hi to Scooter.

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