Remembering Bobby MurcerReflections on the passing of a Yankee legend
I have never in my life met a famous person more down to earth and more real than Bobby Murcer. He was my idol growing up, and he lived up to everything a young man could dream his idol could be. To get a chance to work with him was one of the great joys of my career. I miss him already and I'll miss him always. God got a good man in Bobby today.
Al Leiter (YES Network Yankees announcer):
There are very few people in my life that I can say were as wonderful a person as Bobby Murcer. He was a pleasant, kind, gentle man. A true gentleman in every sense of the word. Bobby was just the most kind soul anyone could have ever encountered or been around. The Yankees family, and the world for that matter, lost a terrific person today. Very few times in life do you get a chance to meet someone as truly terrific as Bobby Murcer. My thoughts are with his family.
Jim Kaat (YES Network Yankees play-by-play):
As all of us extend our deepest sympathies for the loss of a terrific person. I just would like to say that I feel privileged to have known such a warm and wonderful person. I did not get to play with him too long as a teammate, but I knew him more as an opponent and am thankful that I got to work with him in my years as an announcer.
Bobby was a first-class individual; what I'll truly miss is his great personality and his great smile. It's truly a sad day for the baseball family. Bobby was a great friend and tremendous representative of baseball. He lived a wonderful life, lived many wonderful years even though he was unfortunately still a young man and had a wonderful family and marriage. My deepest sympathies go out to them during this tough time.
Bob Lorenz (YES Network Yankees studio host):
My greatest impression of Bobby is not as a player or broadcaster, but as a human being. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and that's not a word we hear enough these days. He always treated people warmly and his positive, upbeat personality just made people he came in contact with feel better instantly. His presence had that kind of impact. I know when he walked into the studio at YES, there was a different kind of energy. We all knew we were in for a great day.
After Bobby was diagnosed in December 2006, I could not believe how positive he remained and how he immediately accepted not only his condition, but the challenge of overcoming it. And he handled it with such grace and, no surprise, in his usual positive manner. And I've thought ever since, if Bobby can maintain that kind of positive attitude in the face of such adversity, we all should learn from that. And if we don't, then we're not paying attention to the lessons of a great man.
Bobby's loss as a broadcaster is immeasurable. As a lifelong Yankee, the stories and history just flowed out of him and captivated Yankees fans. His loss as a friend is even greater. His positive attitude rubbed off on you and made you a better, happier person every time he was around.
David Cone (YES Network Yankees analyst):
(On spending time with Bobby at Yankees Old-Timers Days) He was so great ... just a pleasure to have in the clubhouse. The players really loved having him around. Old-Timers Day was always a special day for Bobby. When the Yankees would come to Kansas City when I was growing up there, he was always one of the guys I was trying to get an autograph from. He was a really good player, a really solid left-handed hitter.
Ken Singleton (YES Network Yankees analyst):
Bobby and I go back a long way we played against each other. He wore a rival's jersey and was a big-time competitor, so there was a respect there, but it was a cordial respect. I got to play on the same team as Bobby on an All-Star team in Japan, and I really got to see what a great person he was at that time. Even experiencing that with Bobby, I didn't really get to know him until we worked as announcers together. Many fans didn't get to see how much fun we really had between innings. Some things that come to mind right off the top of my head: when we did games in Texas, we would sing the worst rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" between innings. Another memory, and something that really touched him, was Jackie Autry in Anaheim giving him a birthday cake in the broadcast.
This is not easy for me, or for anyone. He was a good man. He was upbeat throughout his whole fight. Bobby had the support of his whole family, and that includes his baseball family. Even with all of that support, Bobby was the one who just continued to be upbeat and fight. I just finished his book and the title of the book is quite apropos, "Yankee for Life." I'm going to miss Bobby a lot.
John Flaherty (YES Network Yankees analyst):
When people ask me about Bobby Murcer, the first thing that comes to my mind is "gentleman". That pretty much sums it up.
Kimberly Jones (YES Network Yankees clubhouse reporter):
I will never forget how kind Bobby was, or how much he cherished every day. Back in March 2005, in one of my first interviews with Joe Torre, he first declined to answer a harmless question then asked me to hold his gum. I extended my notebook and Joe placed the wad on the top page. I had no idea what to think. Two seconds later, Bobby was howling in laughter, as was Joe. It was through a practical joke that Bobby figured he would help the newcomer break the ice. And it was something Bobby and I laughed about many, many times in the years to come. He was always smiling, always upbeat and his spirit was undeniable. Everyone loved Bobby and we will miss him dearly.
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