By Mike Patton
NABJ Black News & Views
Baseball’s Eddie Murray – nicknamed “Steady Eddie” – could hit with the best of them. He could hit for power and he could hit for batting average. And what was so amazing about him as a hitter is that he was not often fooled at the plate.
The beginning of that brilliance, though, started in 1977, Murray’s rookie year in Major League Baseball. Murray, who spent most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles, hit .283 with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs. That type of production for his team garnered him a
lot of attention. And on November 21, 1977, Murray was named the American League Rookie of the Year.