Murray saved a stranger $100 at Sun-Times …

   I always liked Eddie Murray as a ballplayer, thinking him kind of a nicely timed successor to Henry Aaron, since Hank hung it up in 1976, and Murray showed up the next year. The similarities between the two are numerous and significant, but the overriding one was the staggering consistency that they both displayed on the field, and the quiet majesty that enveloped them off it.

   Part of that understanding came more than 10 years ago when I first saw Murray signing autographs at a show, and it quickly became apparent that he also had something in common with yet another of the game’s legendary players from my youth: Brooks Robinson.

   Like Brooksie, Murray seems to be one of those great ambassadors for the game, showing an affection and understanding for fans – especially the younger ones – that typically makes old-timers like myself grumble that the multimillionaires in today’s game could take a lesson from the likes of the Murrays and Robinsons of yesteryear. In truth, there are a number of modern guys who display the same laudable characteristics, but that’s a different story.

   I watched Murray sign autographs at the late-November Sun-Times Show, and I can’t recall another player in recent memory who seemed to be having so much fun with little kids. Learning to fake sincerity is one of the great tricks of master politicians, but learning to spot the real thing ought to be a cherished skill sought by the great unwashed. As a duly ensconced member of that club, I can assure you of his bona fides.

   As I was leaving the show Sunday afternoon and walking to the parking lot across from the convention center, Murray was about 10 yards ahead of me. At one point, he spotted a $100 bill on the ground, picked it up and quickly called out to a man who was maybe 40 yards in front of him. Murray handed him the bill and was thanked for his efforts.

   That doesn’t make him a saint, but it’s still useful information. So is this: “Steady Eddie” hit 504 career home runs and never hit more than 33 in one season.

   Think about that for a minute or two.

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2 thoughts on “Murray saved a stranger $100 at Sun-Times …

  1. Phil on said:


    Nice article, however, I would like to point out that most collectors would tell you that their experience with Eddie Murray was negative. His disdain for the press, and lack of communication with fans alike during his career soured many. As a matter of fact, this is commonly known throughout the hobby.

    Furthermore, being honest and retrieving/returning a $100 bill doesn’t exactly wipe away the image Mr. Murray has adopted, on his own terms of course. Then again, what would do with an extra $100. The Benjamin to Eddie is like a quarter to me. Also, I believe Eddie charges a cool $100 for his signature.

    I met Mr. Murray at Tiger Stadium in 1983. Politely, I asked for his autograph on a 1978 Topps rookie card (the one with the Gold Cup). Eddie, without even looking at me, said, "I’m not signing any autographs kid." That day, my allegiance went from the switch hitting Eddie Murray to Donnie Baseball Mattingly.

    Funny how Mr. Murray is so good with kids at the shows… Maybe that’s because he was nothing more then a jerk during his playing days. Sorry T.S., your article doesn’t hold much water.

  2. CC on said:

    It’s easy to be nice at $100 a pop. Some aren’t even then, so I guess that puts Murray about in the middle, which ain’t saying much.

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