Signed by the Yankees as a shortstop out of an Oklahoma high school – just like his boyhood idol Mickey Mantle – Bobby Murcer never followed in The Mick’s footsteps. He didn’t need to. New York loved him for being Bobby Murcer. Murcer was a beloved New York Yankees hero, and like Don Mattingly, he accomplished it without the benefit of annual World Series appearances. He may not have a monument or a retired number, but in the hearts of Yankee fans of the ‘70s and ‘80s, he was their guy. To borrow from computer-speak, there was Bobby 1.0 and…

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Marty Appel

Yankees historian Marty Appel is the author of 24 books including Thurman Munson: An Autobiography (with Munson), and Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain.

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