Dale Murphy and legendary New York Yankee Mickey Mantle share the distinction of being the only two centerfielders in baseball history to win back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards. By the time Murphy was 27 years old, he had already won the National League’s MVP award twice, in 1982 and 1983, making him the youngest player to ever win it in consecutive seasons. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Murphy made seven All-Star teams, took home five Gold Glove Awards and won four Silver Sluggers from 1980 to 1987.
At the time of his retirement in 1993, he ranked third on the Braves all-time leaderboard in hits, home runs, runs batted in, runs scored and walks, trailing only Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. As a mark of his character, Murphy also won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1985, which honors the baseball player who best fits the image and character of The Iron Horse on and off the field. He also won the Roberto Clemente Award a year later, awarded to the player with high character and who makes charitable contributions to the community. Murphy, a father of eight, is also active on Twitter and broadcasts part-time for the Atlanta Braves.
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