Former Braves’ star Dale Murphy speaks at Freed-Hardeman

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HENDERSON, Tenn. – The name Dale Murphy carries a lot of weight in the Atlanta Braves’ organization. The former MLB outfielder was the youngest player in history to win back-to-back MVP awards, collected five Gold Gloves and was a seven-time National League All-Star. His well-documented achievements received little spotlight during Freed-Hardeman’s annual Sports Advisory Benefit dinner. “There are so many times we strikeout. That is a part of life,” said Murphy. “It’s easy to think about life as homeruns, but that’s not really reality. It’s more about overcoming the things that don’t go too well.” Murphy says Tennessee will always hold a special place in his heart. His major league career started here. “This is where I got my start with the Atlanta Braves. I know where a little ways from Kingsport,” smiled Murphy. “It’s great to be here at Freed-Hardeman. You can feel the spirit here and the energy the kids have.”

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