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    The beloved Yankee's only Gold Glove!

    1972 Bobby Murcer Gold Glove Award. He was one of the best outfielders of the early 1970's, earning All-Star game invitations every season between 1971 and 1975, but the beloved Yankee was only once honored with the sport's highest honor for defensive play. We proudly present that symbol of excellence here.

    Murcer would stumble just three times in 396 chances during the 1972 season, leading the American League with 376 putouts in center field, and recording eleven assists. In this mastery of the vast acreage of Yankee Stadium's center field, Murcer ably carried the torch held aloft by Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle before him.

    The design of the award should be instantly recognizable, the eponymous Gold Glove rising from the center pedestal, stamped with the insignia of the "Rawlings" award sponsor, framed by twin golden baseballs. A photographic image of a smiling Murcer appears at center, above an engraved plaque on the base that reports, "1972, OF - Bobby Murcer- 1st Award, The Sporting News, American League All-Star Fielding Team."

    While most Gold Gloves of this vintage tend to have a scattering of scrapes and dents from decades of storage and display, this example has been spared all but the most superfluous signs of injury, presenting effectively exactly as it did upon its delivery to Murcer. Letter of provenance from Murcer family.


    The Bobby Murcer Collection

    Hailed as "the next Mickey Mantle" as he was introduced to the New York Yankees fan base in the mid-1960's, Bobby Murcer came to that association in more ways than simply his elite early talent. Born and raised in the Commerce Comet's home state of Oklahoma, Murcer was discovered by scout Tom Greenwade, the same man who had unearthed the Mick in Baxter Springs, Kansas. And, like Mantle, he made the switch from shortstop in his early years to the vast expanse of Yankee Stadium's center field in pinstripes.

    While Murcer did not ultimately join his boyhood hero in the upper reaches of the sport's pantheon, he was successful in becoming one of the most beloved figures of his Bronx era, slugging a game-winning homer for his first Major League hit in 1965, and sharing an outfield with the legend on Mickey Mantle Day the same year, a contest he would later describe as the greatest thrill of his career. In June 1970, he would join Lou Gehrig, Johnny Blanchard and Mantle as the only Yankees to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats.

    Today, Murcer is best remembered for his heroic performance in the face of tragedy, winning the first Yankees game after the funeral of his teammate and dear friend Thurman Munson nearly single-handedly, clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in every Yankee run in the five-to-four victory over the Baltimore Orioles on August 6, 1979.

    Murcer's association with the New York Yankees franchise continued on after his retirement as a player, both in management and as a hitting coach before finding a home behind the broadcasting mike, where he would earn a new generation of fans during nearly two decades on the air. He became even more active in his philanthropic pursuits during his retirement before the tragic diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor shocked the baseball world. After a brave eighteen-month battle, Murcer passed away in July of 2008.

    Commissioner Bud Selig eulogized, "All of Major League Baseball is saddened today by the passing of Bobby Murcer, particularly on the eve of this historic All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, a place he called home for so many years. Bobby was a gentleman, a great ambassador for baseball, and a true leader both on and off the field. He was a man of great heart and compassion."

    We are honored for the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Murcer's noble life of service and achievement upon the pages that follow. All lots will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from his son Todd.


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    February, 2016
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