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PRINTER'S NO. 4304
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
976
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY WENTLING, BROOKS, MILLARD, LONGIETTI, SONNEY,
ROTHMAN, SCHMITT, READSHAW, DALEY, HOWARD, KORTZ, SAINATO,
KULIK, RAVENSTAHL AND NEILSON, AUGUST 28, 2020
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
AUGUST 28, 2020
A RESOLUTION
Honoring the baseball life of Danny Murtaugh and supporting his
2020 election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
WHEREAS, A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Danny Murtaugh
had his Major League Baseball start with the Philadelphia
Phillies in 1941 and led the league in stolen bases despite
joining the team mid-season; and
WHEREAS, Like many of his day, Mr. Murtaugh's playing career
was interrupted by war, being offered the chance to play for the
United States Army baseball team in a morale-boosting role,
however, he turned down the opportunity and instead joined the
combat infantry spending time fighting in Europe before helping
with rebuilding efforts in Japan; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Murtaugh made his way to Pittsburgh in 1948,
where he provided a spark to a team that had been struggling;
and
WHEREAS, As second baseman, Mr. Murtaugh and his partner at
shortstop led the league in double plays that year; and
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WHEREAS, Physical ailments from Mr. Murtaugh's war service
cut his playing years short and he transitioned to managing; and
WHEREAS, With the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mr. Murtaugh had 1,115
managerial wins, which is second on the franchise's all-time
list, and most notably he won two World Series championships
with the Pirates as distinct underdogs; and
WHEREAS, In 1960, the Pirates shocked the New York Yankees in
seven games with a dramatic series-ending home run by Bill
Mazeroski; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Murtaugh led the Pirates to victory again in
1971 against the widely favored Baltimore Orioles; and
WHEREAS, Interestingly, both Casey Stengel and Earl Weaver,
the managers Mr. Murtaugh defeated in his World Series
appearances, are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, On September 1, 1971, Mr. Murtaugh broke barriers
when he fielded an all-minority starting lineup for the first
time in Major League Baseball history with starters, including
future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell; and
WHEREAS, When asked about his all-minority lineup, Mr.
Murtaugh remarked, "When it comes to making out the lineup, I'm
colorblind, and my athletes know it"; and
WHEREAS, From Mr. Murtaugh's winning percentage, World Series
victories and league pennants, he fully deserves the crowning
achievement of becoming a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
and his statistics are equal to or better than many managers
currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Murtaugh achieved his success in four separate
stints over 20 years after being forced to retire for health
reasons, yet he could not stay away from baseball, always
returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates; and
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WHEREAS, Mr. Murtaugh died on December 2, 1976, at 59 years
of age, just two months after his final retirement; and
WHEREAS, The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Mr. Murtaugh's number
40 on Opening Day in April 1977; and
WHEREAS, This year is the 60th anniversary of the 1960 World
Series and the Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Days Era committee
is considering candidates who made their mark on the game from
1950 to 1969; and
WHEREAS, If elected, Mr. Murtaugh would be inducted into the
Hall of Fame as Pirates' fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of
the 1971 World Series; and
WHEREAS, With Mr. Murtaugh's career stretching from Philly to
Pittsburgh, his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame would be a
great occasion for all Pennsylvanians; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor the
baseball life of Danny Murtaugh and support his 2020 election to
the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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