Retired Numbers: #3

Uniform #3 is retired by six teams for four Hall of Fame players and two players who have not (yet) been inducted into Cooperstown.

Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves

Murphy is one of the most popular players not named Hank Aaron to ever wear the Braves uniform. In the early 1980s it seemed that the mild-mannered Murph was a surefire future Hall of Famer. Back-to-back MVP seasons, two other top-ten finishes in MVP voting, seven-time All-Star, five Gold Gloves, and 398 lifetime home runs. He is similar to Duke Snider and new Hall of Famer Ron Santo, and from age 28-35 he was most similar to Reggie Jackson. The question is, will he garner support from the Veterans Committee to finally get his due when his name is added to their ballots?

Babe Ruth, New York Yankees

Bill Terry, New York Giants

Earl Averill, Cleveland Indians

Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins

Harold Baines, Chicago White Sox

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on December 9, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I like Murphy for eventually getting in. I think the biggest strikes against him were that he played for lousy teams, and that his decline looks a lot worse than it really was due to the low batting averages. And of course the 92 and 93 seasons were undeniably awful.

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