Dale Murphy hit a key home run in the 1984 All-Star Game. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The MLB All-Star Game has been full of memorable moments, and with the 82nd Mid-summer Classic upon us, Atlanta Braves fans remember some special moments for their team in All-Star Game history. We here at Talking Chop are proud to introduce the top-10 Braves All-Star Game moments.
JULY 10, 1984 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
From 1982-1985 Dale Muprhy was the best player in baseball and the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves. Across those four seasons he won two MVPs, four Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers, averaged 36 homers, 110 RBI and had a 30-30 season just for good measure. He also made all four All Star Games and in 1984 he made his biggest impact among the biggest stars.
The Braves came into the All Star break on a skid, but still just two games out of first place. Outfielder Claudell Washington and shortstop Rafael Ramirez also made the team as backups with The Murph - who was starting in center field and batting cleanup.
The NL got out to an early lead in the first inning. After getting the first two batters on ground outs to second, Dave Stieb gave up a single to Steve Garvey who advanced to second on a Reggie Jackson error. Next up, Murphy singled through the hole on the left side and Garvey charged home and bowled over Lance Parrish at the plate to give the NL team the early lead.
The AL squad returned fire in the top of the second inning with a solo home run from George Brett to tie the game at one apiece. The NL fired back in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer off the bat of Gary Carter. From there on the game turned into a pitching duel with Fernando Valenzuela striking out three consecutive Hall of Famers in the fourth inning.
With the NL All Stars clinging to a one run lead Dale Murphy was set to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. American League manager Joe Altobelli opted to bring in closer Willie Hernandez to face the Atlanta slugger. Hernandez was the top closer in the league in the middle of his best season when he won the Cy Young and the MVP (only three closers have accomplished this: Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersly). In a showdown of MVPs Murphy won by promptly depositing the ball in the left field seats giving the NL team the final 3-1 lead.
Goose Gossage shut the AL down in the ninth and recorded the save and Gary Carter was awarded the MVP for his go ahead homer in the second even though Murphy was the only NL player with more than two hits and finished the game 2-3 with a HR and a BB.