Former NY Yankee Star and Broadcaster Bobby Murcer Dies at Age 62 … Rest in Peace

 

Yankee great Bobby Murcer passes away at the age of 62 from complications Bobby_Murcer2of brain cancer. Rest in Peace Bobby … a true class act both on and off the baseball diamond.

There is sad new in Yankee land today as former NY Yankee outfielder, broadcaster and class act Bobby Murcer dies at the age of 62. Bobby Murcer died in Saturday at a hospital in his home town of Oklahoma City from complications to a malignant brain tumor. Murcer was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Christmas Eve 2006 after having headaches.

In his final moments, Murcer was surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the Yankees said. A five-time All-Star outfielder, he spent nearly four decades with New York as a player, executive and announcer.

“Bobby Murcer was a born Yankee, a great guy, very well-liked and a true friend of mine,” owner George Steinbrenner said. “I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Kay, their children and grandchildren. I will really miss the guy.”

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Bobby Murcer, shown acknowledging Stadium crowd at 2007 Old-Timer’s Day, built legacy as beloved Yankee player and broadcaster.

There is something truly special about some people and the way that they conduct themselves that they are remembers a life time for. I am a long time Red Sox fan and avid Yankee hater; however, Bobby Murcer was on the select list of Yankee’s that had my admiration as he conducted himself as a true not only “Yankee” great, but also a great human being. As we discussed yesterday with the passing of Tony Snow from complications of cancer, Bobby Mercer showed the same tenacity and “heart of a champion” battling brain cancer. When Bobby Mercer was a player I enjoyed watching his drive and determination in the field and at the plate. He was a player that ever fan wished they had on their team. His determination and class on the field was nothing compared to his class that he showed in his battling brain cancer. God Bless you Bobby Murcer and may you now be a peace with the Lord.

Bobby Murcer’s finest moment

Bobby Murcer made his major league debut as a 19-year-old player in 1965. Bobby Murcer may also best be known for the day that he delivered what may be one of the most impressive double header feats in not only baseball history, but human history. Murcer delivered one of the eulogies in Ohio after captain Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash in August 1979. The team flew home after the funeral and, that night, Murcer hit a three-run homer and then a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to beat Baltimore 5-4.

Murcer delivered one of the eulogies for his best friend, quoting philosopher Angelo Patri: “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.”

Ex-Yanks star, broadcaster Bobby Murcer dies at 62

Bobby Murcer, a five-time All-Star outfielder who spent nearly four decades with the New York Yankees as a player, executive and announcer, has died. He was 62. The Yankees said Murcer died Saturday due to complications from a malignant brain tumor. He was surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the team said.

Posted July 13, 2008 by
Deceased, heroes, Obituary, Sports | 6 comments


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    6 Responses to “Former NY Yankee Star and Broadcaster Bobby Murcer Dies at Age 62 … Rest in Peace”

    1. MissKatie on July 13th, 2008 3:54 pm

      rest in peace bobby mercer..
      may god grant your family comfort..

    2. Patty on July 14th, 2008 6:22 am

      Bobby, you will be missed. Old Timers Day won’t be the same without you on the field. But I can only imagine the fun you are having with Thurman, Mickey, Billy, Casey, Babe, JoeD, Lou, and all of the others. Your next job assignment is to get the gang up there together and make the move this winter to the new diggs next door. Time to move all the ghosts across the street. Best wishes to your family.

    3. salvatore cuccia on July 16th, 2008 1:56 am

      wow i didnt now bobby mercer have passed away since i live in las vegas nv now i was bor and raised in brooklyn ny and i have alway watch the mets and the yakees on tv and both ar my favotite baseball team and was heart broke about bobby mercer who just dies i loved watching boddy when he played baseball back the with thurmon munson,and all the great yankee players of the 60,70 80 god where all the good player have gone today all the player are greedy but it wont stop me from watching my favorite pasttime ill be in ny to visit the stadium before closing it door before the new stadium open and for the mercer family i am sorry for your lost bobby will be missed and alway remember he with god now ad is not suffering any more he at peace right now he be watching over you everyday of your lifes and guide you every inch of you life like he never died god bless bobby for all the years he gave the fan even me for playing baseball as well supporting he family thanks bobby rest in peace sal

    4. Observer on July 17th, 2008 1:47 am

      Murcer will always be a Cubbie to me :)

      R.I.P #7

    5. nancy coleman on August 23rd, 2008 7:04 pm

      kay, i am shocked, what a cute man and couple you were, are. i have been working in ny and he was in my thoughts, wondering if he was still at the stadium. i am so sorry. i worked for you doing painting years ago, you were so cute together, i loved being with you guys. thank you. again i am so sorry, he gave me hope in men, watching the way he loved you, and you him. my god keep you close. nancy

    6. Jim Noland on November 24th, 2009 8:14 am

      Bobby Murcer defined class. A humble man, great ball player and, most importanly, a good person.
      Angles be with you Bobby.

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