Murcer honored with moment of silence

Murcer honored with moment of silence

NEW YORK -- A moment of silent prayer was observed at Yankee Stadium on Friday in honor of Bobby Murcer, a former All-Star outfielder and longtime Yankees broadcaster who passed away last week due to complications from brain cancer.

Murcer, who was 62, had battled his condition for 19 months following a diagnosis in December 2006. The crowd applauded before the national anthem was played at the Yankees' first home game since Murcer's passing.

"Bobby is a gentleman in every sense of the word," public-address announcer Jim Hall said. "His smile and engaging personality will be missed by all."

Murcer was also acknowledged before the Yankees' game at Toronto on Sunday, as well as before Tuesday's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, which was won by the American League, 4-3, in 15 innings.

Prior to that game, the "Bleacher Creatures" executed their roll call by chanting Murcer's name, as well as those of All-Stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

For the remainder of the 2008 season, the Yankees will wear black armbands on their left uniform sleeves in Murcer's memory.

It is the second consecutive year the Yankees have done so; they wore black armbands for the entire 2007 season to honor pitcher Cory Lidle, who died in a plane crash after the Yankees' playoff elimination in the 2006 AL Division Series.

Born on May 20, 1946, in Oklahoma City, Murcer played in the Majors for 17 seasons, and made four All-Star appearances with the Yankees.

A lifetime .277 batter, he hit 252 home runs and drove in 1,043 runs in 1,908 Major League games with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.