29 December 2014

a black armband for bobby murcer

former yankee outfielder and broadcaster bobby murcer died in july of 2008 after a bout with cancer.  the team added a black armband to their jerseys for the remainder of the season.  alfredo aceves' 2009 upper deck card features the armband
as does mariano rivera's 2009 upper deck icons card
but i've got this 2009 upper deck o-pee-chee alex rodriguez card in the memorials binder
the armband was worn below the final season in yankee stadium patch, so it's easy to tell murcer's armband from some of the others that had been worn in recent years.

an oklahoma boy himself, murcer was touted as the next mickey mantle when he took over for the commerce comet in 1969.  he had some solid seasons for the yankees, but was traded to the giants for bobby bonds following the 1974 season.  murcer was traded to the cubs a couple of years later, and then back to the yankees during the 1979 season.  he retired as a player during the 1983 campaign, and became a broadcaster for the yankees - a role he kept until his death at the age of 62.

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