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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eddie Murray, 1985 Fleer Limited Edition #23

If Eddie Murray looks a bit disgruntled on this card, it's probably because he can't get any respect. "Steady Eddie" may have been the best player to never win a Most Valuable Player award, which isn't to say that he didn't come agonizingly close. The slugging first baseman had six top-five finishes in MVP balloting, including a string of five straight from 1981-1985. In back-to-back years he was the runner-up, first to Milwaukee's Robin Yount in 1982 and then to his Orioles teammate Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1983. In the latter case, the total points favored Cal 322-290.

This actually pertains to my latest Sporcle quiz, which I hope will have a little more wide-ranging appeal than the Maryland-born home run hitter quiz. This time, I'm asking you to name the second bananas on baseball's annual MVP ballot from 1980-2009. Enjoy it, offer any suggestions you may have, and tell your friends!

3 comments:

Commish said...

On top of that 'Fro Eddie's hat is barely in the same area code as his skull.

Kevin said...

Bob - Eddie doesn't do anything halfway.

Commish said...

It was years before I knew Eddie could actually speak. I never heard him say a word until once late in his time with the O's I heard a tv interview with him. It was like waking up one day and having your cat speak to you.