Beyond the Numbers: Dale Murphy

Hall of Very Good inductee Dale Murphy put up a bunch of impressive numbers during his 18-year Major League career.

Most notably, the slugger was named National League MVP twice (1982 and 1983), was selected to seven All-Star Games and, at the time of his retirement, his 398 home runs ranked 19th all-time.

However, here are ten numbers that you might not have known about the Atlanta Braves legend.


Dale Murphy had 2463 combined runs and RBI…a mere seven fewer than Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.


Three times, Dale Murphy led the National League in runs created in 1983 (131), 1985 (131), and 1987 (143).  And, yeah, you guessed it…that adds up to 405.


Dale Murphy had five seasons with more than 35 home runs…the same amount as the legendary Mickey Mantle.


Every season from 1982-1985, Dale Murphy he was in the top five in baseball in at bat per home run.  Overall, the two-time MVP hit a homer every 16.2 at bats. 


Dale Murphy had 62 at-bats versus the San Francisco Giants in 1983…and hit eleven home runs.


Dale Murphy had three games in his career with at least four walks. Two of those three games came in May 1987.


In just 84 games as a catcher, Dale Murphy, the batter. had a .547 slugging percentage.


Between 1982 and 1987, Dale Murphy had the fourth best slugging percentage in baseball.


In 1987, Dale Murphy had a .493 OBP in 353 plate appearances at Fulton County Stadium.


Get this, in 1156 plate appearance with two outs and runners in scoring position, Dale Murphy had a .396 on base percentage.



Neal Kendrick enjoys baseball and numbers…often mixing the two to form a wonderful Twitter account.  You can follow Neal at @funbaseballfact.