Today in Tribe History: February 24, 1956
Bob Toth | On 24, Feb 2020
Hall of Fame first baseman and designated hitter Eddie Murray is born in Los Angeles, California.
Murray’s successful career was long established before he put on a Cleveland Indians uniform. He was drafted and developed by the Baltimore Orioles, joining the club as a third round pick in the 1973 draft. He made his debut in 1977, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award that season. He would spend 12 years in Baltimore, making seven All-Star teams for the Birds.
He was traded following the 1988 season to the Dodgers, marking a homecoming for Murray, a Los Angeles native. He was an All-Star there in 1991 before departing in free agency after the season to the New York Mets. After two seasons in the Big Apple, he signed with the Indians, where he became a veteran bat in the middle of the lineup in 1994 and 1995.
Midway through the 1996 season, he was traded by the Tribe back to Baltimore for reliever Kent Mercker. He would return to the West Coast again with the Anaheim Angels to begin the 1997 season and was traded back to the Dodgers prior to the end of the season to conclude his MLB career.
The switch-hitter amassed a lifetime .287 batting average and 504 home runs. His 3,000th hit occurred as a member of the Indians in 1995 and he finished with 3,255 in his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 in his first year of eligibility.