Bobby Murcer’s battle with cancer is over.
The five-time outfielder who spent the majority of his career with the New York Yankees, and then went on to be an exec and announcer has died at the age of 62 due to complications from brain cancer.
He passed away Saturday afternoon surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.
"Bobby Murcer was a born Yankee, a great guy, very well-liked and a true friend of mine," Yankees Chairperson George M. Steinbrenner said. "I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Kay, their children and grandchildren. I will really miss the guy."
Commissioner Selig said in a statement, “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 and made many wonderful contributions to the Baseball Assistance Team and to the game. All of us in baseball will miss him. We pass on our sympathies and condolences to his family and to his many friends.”
As reported by The Associated Press, Murcer was the only person to play with Mickey Mantle and Don Mattingly, the popular Murcer hit .277 with 252 home runs and 1,043 RBIs in 17 seasons with the Yankees, San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs. He made the All-Star team in both leagues and won a Gold Glove.
A family service will be held in the next several days in Oklahoma City. An additional celebration of his life will be held at a date to be determined. He is survived by his wife Kay, his children, Tori and Todd, and his grandchildren.