One of Dale Murphy‘s more memorable incidents was reminiscent of a scene from the classic black-and-white baseball film about Babe Ruth, “The Pride of the Yankees”.
Before a home game against San Francisco on June 12, 1983, Murphy visited in the stands with Elizabeth Smith, a six-year-old girl who had lost both hands and a leg when she stepped on a live power line. After Murphy gave her a cap and a T shirt, her nurse innocently asked if he could hit a home run for Elizabeth. “I didn’t know what to say, so I just sort of mumbled ‘Well, O.K.,’ ” says Murphy.
That day he hit two homers and drove in all the Atlanta Braves‘ runs in a 3-2 victory