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Former Braves OF Murphy will speak at Saenger Theater

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy will speak at the Saenger Theatre on Friday.
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy will speak at the Saenger Theatre on Friday. MLB.COM

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy will be the guest speaker at noon Friday at the Saenger Theater.

Murphy will discuss his Major League career at the “Our Love Affair with Baseball” series luncheon of the year. The $10 luncheon includes free admission to the multimedia exhibit.

The Portland native played 18 MLB seasons, but is best known for his 15 years with the Braves.

With Atlanta, Murphy was a two-time National League MVP from 1982 to 1983. He earned the NL”s Silver Slugger Award four straight years (1982-85) and NL’s Gold Glove Award five straight years (1982 to 1986).

Murphy, 60, played for the Braves a decade before their run of playoff success. Atlanta won a World Series championship during the 1995 season.

When Murphy retired with the Colorado Rockies in 1993, he finished his MLB career with 398 homers, which ranked 19th at the time.

Mississippi Braves General Manager Steve DeSalvo, who spoke at the Ohr-O’Keefe luncheon two weeks ago, spoke highly of Murphy. He’s in the Atlanta Braves’ Hall of Fame.

“While Dale is one of the greatest players to play the game, there is not a better person,” DeSalvo said. “He is somebody with character.”

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum was scheduled to host the event, but a fire Thursday caused minor smoke and water damage. The event was moved to the Saenger Theatre.

The baseball series ends on Nov. 4.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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