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Baseball Great Dale Murphy to Speak at FHU Sports Benefit

Henderson, Tenn. - Apr 22, 2015

Former Atlanta Brave all-star Dale Murphy will be the featured speaker at Freed-Hardeman University’s Sports Advisory Council Benefit Dinner, FHU Athletic Director Mike McCutchen said. The event is set for Friday, May 8, in Brewer Sports Center.

One of the most popular athletes in Braves’ history, Murphy was a first-round selection by Atlanta in the 1974 MLB Draft. By 1976, he made his major league debut and quickly became a household name among baseball fans. He became the youngest player in MLB history to win back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards, taking home the honors in 1982 and 1983.

“Dale Murphy is one of the all-time greats in major league baseball. His tremendous talent and work ethic resulted in many honors for his performance on the field but, even more importantly, his accomplishments off the field,” McCutchen said.  “His character and commitment to service have continued to influence others long after his playing career has ended. We are excited to have Dale Murphy as the featured speaker for our event.”

Murphy became one of the best players of the 1980s, leading the major league in home runs and RBIs over the ten-year period.  He also led the National League is several categories, including at bats, extra-base hits, total bases and runs created. He retired in 1993 after brief stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies.

Murphy is one of only five players in Brave history to have his number retired, joining legends Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn and Phil Niekro.

His effectiveness has continued off the field, perhaps even more so. In 1987, Murphy was named one of Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsmen of the Year.”  He was also honored that year by President Ronald Reagan as the baseball athlete “Who Cares the Most.”

Murphy has received several humanitarian awards during his career including the Lou Gehrig Award, the Roberto Clemente Award and the Bart Giamatti Award. After his retirement, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Murphy founded the I Won’t Cheat Foundation to promote integrity and character development among the youth of America. Originally created in an effort to educate kids about the dangers of steroids, I Won’t Cheat has evolved into a program with an even wider focus, teaching kids to play fair in sports and in life. In an effort to further this message, Little League places an “I Won’t Cheat” patch on the sleeve of every player’s uniform during the Little League World Series. From Nike to Disney, countless corporations have voiced their support of the program.

Murphy has also written two books, “The Scouting Report: Professional Athletics” and “The Scouting Report: Youth Athletics.”

To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact FHU Athletic Director Mike McCutchen at 731-989-6901 or at mmccutchen@fhu.edu.