Dale Murphy
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    During an 18-year baseball career (1976-1933), Dale Murphy played for three different teams but is best remembered for his time with the Atlanta Braves where he won two consecutive National League MVP awards, four straight National League's Silver Slugger awards and five straight Gold Glove awards.

    In his first full season in the Majors in 1978, he showed promise of power, slugging 23 home runs despite a .226 batting average. He switched from catcher to the outfield in 1980, a move that would initiate a decade of highly productive play. In the 1992, Murphy won his first MVP award.

    Murphy made his only postseason appearance in 1982, where the Braves fell to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. In 1993, Murphy won his second MVP award. The period from 1982- 2986 proved to be the most successful of Murphy’s career - he won a Gold Glove, appeared in the All-Star Game, and placed in the top ten in MVP voting each of those years. 

    After 15 seasons with the Braves, Murphy was traded to the Phillies in 1990 where he played for three season. Murphy finished his career in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies.

    Murphy finished his career with 398 home runs (19th in MLB history at the time of his retirement) and a .265 lifetime batting average. His MVP awards in 1982 and 1983 make him one of only four outfielders in Major League history with consecutive MVP years. Murphy led the National League in home runs and RBI twice; he also led the major leagues in home runs and RBI’s over a 10-year span from 1981 - 1990. One of the most productive and decorated players of the 1980s, Murphy led the National League during the decade in games, at bats, runs, hits, extra base hits, RBIs, runs created, total bases and plate appearances. 

    For several years, the Atlanta Constitution ran a weekly column where Murphy responded to young fans' questions and letters. Murphy both advocated and financially profited from his reputation with frequent endorsements of family-friendly products such as milk, ice cream and cameras in television commercials. In 1987, he shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year" award with seven others, characterized as "Athletes Who Care", for his work with numerous charities, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Georgia March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.

    Upon retirement, Murphy became more active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 1997 - 2000, he served as president of the Massachusetts Boston Mission of the church. 

    In 2005 Murphy started a non-profit organization called the iWontCheat Foundation to promote ethical behavior and deter steroid use and cheating in youth athletics. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Advisory Board for the national children's charity Operation Kids. 

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