Dale Murphy comes in at number 9 on the list of the best to ever put on the Braves uniform. Murphy’s constant heart and hustle when the team was not winning made him a fan favorite in Atlanta. He also knew how to play a little baseball. Murphy’s best years came after he made the switch to center field in the early 80’s. In 1982, Murphy played in all 162 games, hit 36 home runs, drove in 109 runs and won a gold glove. All of this resulted in Murphy winning his first of consecutive MVP awards. 1982 was also the first and only postseason appearance for Murphy in his career. The Braves fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. He won his second MVP in 1983 hitting 36 home runs again and driving in 121 runs. Murphy went to Philadelphia and Colorado for his finals years in the major. He was no were near the force he was in Atlanta, and many believed he only continued playing to try and reach 400 home runs, which he fell 2 shy of. Murphy finished his career as a 2-time MVP, 7-time all-star, and 5-time gold glove winner. He may go down as one of the most decorated players not to get into the Hall of Fame. Murphy was not here for the glory days of Braves baseball, but his class and superb play will always have him remembered as one of the best to put on the Braves uniform.
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