Former MLB great Murphy to make a pair of local appearances

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:02pm
Staff reports

Former Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Dale Murphy will be the featured speaker next Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by the Nashville Sports Council and the Nashville Sounds. Later that day, he will throw out the first pitch for the Sounds’ game against Portland (7:05 p.m., Greer Stadium).

Murphy played 2,180 career games and was the fourth player in history to win back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player awards, which he did in 1982 and 1983. He was a seven-time All-Star who hit 398 career home runs.

In 1988, Murphy won the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award, given to the major league baseball player who balances outstanding skills on the baseball field with civic responsibility. Three years earlier he won the Lou Gehrig Award, which goes annually to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of Lou Gehrig.

These days he travels extensively in support of his foundation, “I Won't Cheat” and aims to educate children on the dangers of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

The luncheon, the latest in the Sports Council’s Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series, will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House. In addition to Murphy, all of the players on the current Sounds’ roster will attend.

The event is free to Sports Council members. Non-members can attend for $35, which includes lunch.

Admission can be paid at the door but reservations are required.

To register, call (615) 743-3120.