Dale Murphy was drafted in the first round of the 1974 draft by the Atlanta Braves. He played almost his entire career for the Braves (1974-1991) before finishing up with the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1993) and Colorado Rockies (1993).

Dale (or “Murph” as he is known by teammates and fans) is the youngest player in MLB history to win back-to-back MVP awards (1982 and 1983). He won 2 consecutive NL Player of the Year Awards (The Sporting News, 1982, 1983) and was named to the National League All-Star Team 7 times, 5 as a starter. He won the Gillette Trophy for the highest number of All-Star votes submitted by fans in the National League in 1985.

Murph won 5 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and 4 Silver Slugger Awards. He was named National League Player of the Month a record 6 times and was named the most feared hitter in the NL in a survey of pitchers in 1985.  In 1991, he won the Bart Giamatti Caring Award and was presented in 1985 with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, recognizing him as the player who best fit the image and character of Lou Gehrig. He also received the Roberto Clemente Award in honor of his character and charitable contributions on and off the field.

His streak of 740 consecutive games (1981-1986) is one of the longest in baseball history.

In 1983, he became only the sixth player in Major League history to have at least 30 homeruns (36) and 30 stolen bases (30) in one season. This elite group is sometimes referred to as the “30-30 Club.”

During the decade spanning 1981-1990, he led the major leagues in home runs and RBI’s. He also led the National League in games, at bats, runs scored, hits, extra base hits, runs created, total bases and plate appearances.

He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated 3 times. In 1987 he was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 5 Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year, representing Major League Baseball as the athlete “Who Cared the Most.” He was honored with this award by President Ronald Regan in the Oval Office of the White House.

Known as one of the true gentlemen of the game, Dale leads by example. He has given his time and his name to numerous charities through the years. After his retirement, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Dale was one of the most beloved athletes to ever play in Atlanta. He retired from baseball in 1993 after a long and very successful career.

His number (#3) was the fourth in the history of the Atlanta Braves’ organization to be retired. It hung for a time in Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium and Turner Field, and now takes its place in SunTrust Park.

Dale is a sought after business, collegiate, and motivational speaker and travels the country sharing his messages about leadership, resilience, integrity, and more.  He is the author of Ask Dale MurphyThe Scouting Report: Professional Athletics, and The Scouting Report: Youth Athletics.

But that’s not all. What he did on the field is actually not the most important part of Murph’s life—as amazing as those things are. Dale and his wife of 40 years—Nancy—are the parents of 8 children (7 sons and 1 daughter) and grandparents to 12. His family, friends, and faith as well as his other accomplishments off the field are the things in life he treasures most.

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Dale Murphy continues to be one of the most reliable and versatile former major leaguers we work with. Whether he is delivering an energizing keynote presentation to a business audience, speaking on his faith to a spiritual crowd or signing autographs for and shaking hands with a crowd of baseball fans, Dale brings his "A" game and always exceeds our clients' expectations.
– Christopher D. Torgusen - MLB Players Alumni / VP Marketing
Having Dale Murphy, the two time MLB MVP and seven time All-Star be as personable as he was with our employees and families was a once in a lifetime highlight that was inspiring and will never be forgotten.
– Scott Trussell - Sr Manager of Human ResourcesDeltaValve USA/Canada, a Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corporation
It was so motivational to hear Dale Murphy’s insights on great leaders and managers who he played for in the Major Leagues. It was also very refreshing to see a star like him be so personable and down to earth. It was obvious that he practices what he preaches. He made all of our guests feel important as he took the time to engage with everyone. Our employees who attended cannot stop raving about how inspirational the night was and we can’t wait to have him back!
– Austin Ingersoll - Academy Mortgage Corporation
I really don’t have the right words to express my sincere appreciation, gratitude and thanks for the job you did Monday night as Master of Ceremonies for The Oregonian Banquet of Champions. A local radio show host said on the air that ‘what I came away with was the air of good feeling that existed throughout the room that night. And that tone was set right from the start with Dale Murphy as the master of ceremonies.’ Dale, thank you so much. You were a joy to work with, a wonderful example for so many young people (and a few older folks could take a lesson or two from you as well.)
– Jeff Wohler - The Oregonian
Looking for an amazing event speaker? Then Dale Murphy is your man! He is the easiest person in the world to work with and provides so much more than what you pay for. He picks up on little things in idle conversation about your organization and uses them in his presentation. His sense of humor keeps the audience laughing and engaged. We recently had our largest Gala in the history of our organization and it was because of Dale. Everybody came because he was our keynote. Dale is generous with his time, signing autographs, posing for pictures, shaking hands, stopping for a video interview from a local college film team, you name it and Dale accommodates. You won’t go wrong with Dale Murphy on the team!
– Angie Bolton, MUST Ministries Atlanta, Special Events
I’d always heard it said that Dale Murphy was a prince of a guy. When we hosted Dale at our recent conference, I saw it with my own eyes. Person after person came up to Murph with some version of ‘you were the best’ or ‘you were my hero’ or ‘I wore #3 (his jersey number) my whole little league career because of you.’ Each and every time, he lit up like it was the first time he ever heard it! He was so gracious, so appreciative and so interested in the person praising him. I will never forget witnessing Dale Murphy interact with his fans and our clients. He is a classy guy and he did an amazing job, customizing his keynote address to perfectly fit our crowd. Thank you Dale Murphy for inspiring our clients with your actions and your words!
– Scott Shelar, President and CEO at CEFGA
WOW! On behalf of our leadership team at Wells Fargo’s Private Bank we thoroughly enjoyed our dialogue and especially your insights you shared with us last week. Your comments regarding his personal experience and observations of both Bobby Cox’s and Joe Torre’s commitments to the players while playing for them highlighted some excellent leadership traits which were fascinating and the compassion was also great to hear. I can’t thank you enough for taking your time to be with us!
– Susan Mayo, Wells Fargo Private Bank-Regional Director

Booksby Dale Murphy

Ask Dale Murphy, The Scouting Report: Professional Athletics, and The Scouting Report: Youth Athletics

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