In the early 1980s, fans across the country were turned on to Dale Murphy thanks to the reach of a relatively new phenomenon called cable TV. His career has been over for awhile now, but collectors and fans came out in droves to meet him.
He won a pair of MVP awards and if he’s not a Hall of Famer, he’s at least part of the debate–a pre-steroids era star with all-around ability who was an even better person.
Dale Murphy chatted with MLB.com as he came back to Atlanta Tuesday to sign copies of a new book he’s authored. Murphy currently lives in Utah and he said he makes it back to Atlanta once or twice a season. Tuesday’s visit was his first of 2007.
"While you’re playing, you tend to shelter yourself from [the fans]," Murphy said. "You kind of have that barrier. But after you’re done, people don’t ask you for your autograph very much, so this is kind of fun."