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#32 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 17, 2012

Murcer acknowledges the crowd after an emotional win

Bobby Murcer | The Munson Game | vs. Baltimore Orioles | 8/6/1979

The life of a soul on earth lasts longer than his departure. He lives on in your life and the life of all others who knew him.

| Angelo Patri, quoted by Bobby Murcer in his eulogy for Thurman Munson |

On the day the Yankees buried their captain, Thurman Munson, they flew from Canton, Ohio to New York for a matchup with the Orioles who led the Bombers by 15 games in the AL East standings.  Manager Billy Martin tried to give Bobby Murcer, one of Munson’s closest friends, the day off, but the Yankee left fielder insisted on donning the pinstripes in honor of his fallen teammate.

Through 7 innings Baltimore had built a 4-0 lead on Ron Guidry, but one of the most legendary moments in Yankee Stadium history was about to unfold.  With 2 outs Bucky Dent drew a walk from Dennis Martinez that was followed by a double off the bat of Willie Randolph.  Murcer dug in and popped a 3-run home run that slashed the Yankee deficit to 4-3.  The score remained in the last of the 9th as the Yanks put together a rally.  Dent drew another walk and Randolph reached on an error by pitcher Tippy Martinez that put runners at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.  Up stepped Murcer once again, who capped an emotional day for all of New York with a game-winning single on an 0-2 pitch that gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory.  It was a meaningless win when looking at the standings, but one of the most memorable and beloved games in team history.

Murcer never used the bat again and gave it to Diana Munson.

It’s part of my legacy.

| Bobby Murcer |

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