Over the years Eddie has remained one of my favorite non-Twins
players. I had the opportunity to meet Eddie Murray on several
occasions before and after Minnesota Twins games during the mid
1980s. In spite of his reputation as a moody guy, he was
nothing less than a gentleman on each occasion that I had an
opportunity to meet him. As a result, he has remain one of my
favorite and I have picked up examples of his bats whenever the
opportunity has presented itself. In total I have owned
approximately 7 Eddie Murray game used bats over the past two
decades and have had the opportunity to review at least a dozen more
high grade examples in person or via image. The following are
observations that I have made my experiences handling and reviewing
Eddie Murray game used bats.
Murray was a pine tar user throughout most of his career. I
have handled probably close to a dozen Murray bats from the early
80s to 90s. In most cases they had some amount of pine tar
present. In most cases the pine is applied about three inches below
the center markings. I have seen evidence of significant
transfer to the lower part of the handle but have but this has not
been entirely consistent in my experience. I have also seen
direct pine application to the lower handle of the bat.
Murray taped the handles of his bats with ringlets throughout his
career. This occurred learly in his career but became more common toward the end of his
career particularly his time with the Indians, Dodgers and
Mets. I have owned and observed in photos Murray applying
taped ringlets to the handle of his bats (see photos below).
This is a noted and desirable trait for Murray bats dating to the
later part of his career.
KNOB & BARREL MARKINGS
The knob markings on Murray gamers may be one of the most
significant characteristics in my mind. In most of the
Murray bats that I have owned I have seen a very consistent pattern
in terms of how his uniform number is written on the knob.
The number "33" is typical written in rather larger and rounded
style. Frequently The "33" is written in a bold color and
then outlined in a different color. This is something that I
have noticed frequently and I belief is a strong characteristic of
Murray gamers. It should also be noted that I have seen legit
Murray gamers without the 33 outlined so it is not an absolute.
However, the large rounded style is important. In terms of the
color choices it appears that the color(s) used to mark his uniform
number of the knob of his bats is frequently consistent with team
colors (e.g. orange for the Orioles, etc).