Murray's career highlights

January 08, 2003

Murray's career highlights

1977 Named AL Rookie of the Year after 27-homer, 88-RBI season. ... Homer total was Orioles rookie record. ... Drove in winning run against Yankees five times. ... Had 15-game hitting streak.

1978 Named club MVP after leading Orioles in runs, hits, RBIs. ... Finished second in AL to Boston's Jim Rice in total bases. ... Selected to AL All-Star team.

1979 Was leading hitter for AL champion Orioles. ... Had 19-game hitting streak ... Stole home in bottom of 12th inning to beat White Sox in August. ... Had first career three-homer game, in August at Minnesota. ... Was leading hitter in ALCS against Angels with a .417 batting average, one homer and five RBIs. ... In World Series vs. Pirates, reached base in seven of his first eight plate appearances, but went 0-for-21 over last five games. He batted .154.

1980 At age 24, became youngest Oriole to drive in more than 100 runs (116). ... For first time in career, hit .300 and hit more than 30 homers (32). ... Became fifth switch-hitter in history to have a 30-homer season (joining Mickey Mantle, Reggie Smith, Rip Collins and Ken Singleton). ... Increased batting average and RBIs for fourth straight season. ... Hit .325 after All-Star break and .353 in his last 28 games. ... Had three-homer game at Toronto in September.

1981 In strike-shortened season, tied for AL lead in homers (22) and led in RBIs (78). ... Hit two grand slams. ... Led AL first basemen in fielding percentage. ... Hit .390 over his last 28 games.

1982 For second straight year, led Orioles in batting (.316), homers (32) and RBIs (110). ... Was second to Milwaukee's Robin Yount in AL MVP voting. ... Was unanimous pick as club MVP for second straight year. ... Earned first Gold Glove Award. ... Started season with 14-game hitting streak and batted .441 in April. ... With Orioles trying to catch Brewers in AL East race, hit .331 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs over his last 47 games.

1983 For third time in four seasons, hit .300 (.306), hit 30 homers (33) and drove in 100 runs (111). ... Finished second to teammate Cal Ripken in AL MVP voting, but shared club MVP honor with Ripken as Orioles won World Series. ... Hit .320 over his last 37 games to help Orioles clinch AL East. ... in ALCS vs. White Sox, hit three-run homer in first inning of Game 3 to spark 11-1 win, then went 3-for-5 the next day as the Orioles won AL pennant with 10-inning, 3-0 win. ... In World Series vs. Phillies, went 2-for-16 in first four games, but then hit two long homers in Game 5 as Orioles won Series with 5-0 victory.

1984 Led Orioles in batting (.306), homers (29) and RBIs (110). ... Led majors in walks (107) and intentional walks (25). ... RBI total of 525 from 1980 to 1984 led majors. ... He and Ripken were only major-leaguers to play every inning of every game. ... Named club MVP for fifth time. ... Won third consecutive Gold Glove Award.

1985 Had fourth straight 100-RBI season, with a career-high 124. ... Hit 31 homers, his fourth career 30-homer season. ... Had best game of career in August game at Anaheim, with three homers, a single and nine RBIs, all in the first five innings.

1986 Went on disabled list for first time in career, missing 24 games with pulled hamstring. ... Still led club in batting (.305) and RBIs (84). ... Orioles finished with losing record for first time in his career.

1987 Had fifth and final 30-homer season. ... Became Orioles' career home run leader with his 304th in September. ... On May 8-9 in Chicago, homered from both sides of the plate in the same game on consecutive days, the first major-leaguer to do so.

1988 In final full season as an Oriole, surpassed 20 homers and 80 RBIs for the 11th time in 12 seasons. ... Led Orioles in homers for eighth time and in RBIs for ninth time. ... Won club MVP award for a record seventh time, sharing it with Ripken.

1989-91 Traded to Los Angeles Dodgers after 1988 season. ... Hit career-low .247 in 1989, but rebounded the next year to hit .330. ... In three seasons with Dodgers, continued streak of never having fewer than 80 RBIs in a full season.

1992-93 Signed with New York Mets as free agent after 1991 season. ... In 1992, had career-low 16 homers but still surpassed 90 RBIs with 93. ... In 1993, had sixth and final 100-RBI season.

1994-95 Signed with Cleveland Indians as free agent after 1993 season. ... In strike-shortened 1994, had 17 homers and 76 RBIs. ... In 1995, got 3,000th career hit in June at Minnesota. ... Helped Indians to World Series vs. Braves in 1995. ... Won Game 3 of Series with 11th-inning single.

1996 Started season with Indians but was traded to Orioles in July. ... Hit 500th career homer vs. Detroit on Sept. 6, joining Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers. ... Batted .400 to help Orioles defeat Indians in AL Division Series.

1997 Signed with Anaheim Angels as free agent after 1996 season. ... Released by Angels in August after batting .219. ... Signed later that month by Dodgers, finishing career in hometown of Los Angeles.

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