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Pirates earn walk-off win on Dale Murphy Night

BRISTOL, TN- The Bristol Pirates earned an extra-inning 6-5 walk-off win against Kingsport on Saturday night.

The win came on Dale Murphy Night. The former Atlanta Brave met with fans and signed autographs prior to Saturday's game. He also threw out one of the game's first pitches.

Murphy suited up for the then Kingsport Braves back in 1974. Kingsport played its game at that time at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Murphy would go on to shine in Atlanta, named a 7-time all-star and winning two National League MVP awards.

But before all of that he was just a kid from Portland, Oregon, shipped to the Tri-Cities where he was trying to make a name for himself.

"I had no idea where I was going and back then, pre-internet days, you didn't really know that much about the Atlanta Braves organization," said Murphy. "There wasn't really anywhere to get that information, so I was pretty nervous. I think I hit in the .250's there and generally in the league. I was just a tall, skinny kid trying to figure it out. A lot of good memories, I can't believe it's been that long."


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