Murray’s steady play nets him record at first base
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The Indians celebrated Murray’s new record in style, presenting him with the first base bag at the end of the first inning. After the game, Murray said he was looking forward to learning more about Beckley, who played for five teams over 20 seasons from 1888-1907 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
“It’s a good feeling,” Murray said of the record, “just to be able to stay around this long.”
Murray’s career stretched from 1977-91, and in 21 seasons with the Orioles, Dodgers, Mets, Indians and Angels he batted .287 with 504 home runs, 3,255 hits and 1,917 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.
“Eddie Murray means so much to me,” said Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton when Murray was traded from the Indians to the Orioles on July 21, 1996. “And (he) meant so much to this team.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum