Talking Point: Petition for Murphy for Hall



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Dale Murphy’s kids think he should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. So, several in the Murphy clan have taken to social media to help dear Dad break through during his last year on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot.

Murphy, the Portland native, famously played the majority of his 18-year career as the poster boy of pureness for the Atlanta Braves. He may not have hall-worthy numbers (.265 career batting average, 2,111 hits, 398 home runs) but his offspring pushes the integrity factor.

In a petition, son Taylor Murphy pleads to the writers to “take a stand for character, to follow their own rules of weighting character and performance equally, and to vote Dale Murphy into the Hall of Fame.”

The petition has been publicly endorsed by several national writers as well as Larry King, Dick Vitale and former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.


NBA workplace hazards now include courtside waitresses.

The Spurs’ Stephen Jackson left the game Thursday night inside Madison Square Garden after tripping over a waitress.

In the first quarter, Jackson attempted a corner shot but in his retreat, he fell into the waitress who was reportedly serving New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Spurs lost to the Knicks, 100-83.

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