Calvin Duane Murray is an American former baseball player, who was a part of the ‘MLB Major League Baseball’ teams. He played professional baseball for 13 years, including 5 seasons in the MLB for the ‘San Francisco Giants,’ ‘Texas Rangers,’ and ‘Chicago Cubs.’ Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he comes from a family with sports background - his elder brother is a former football quarterback. During his high school years, he was considered as #7 recruit on national level, and was drafted by the ‘Cleveland Indians’ in the 1989 draft. However, Murray chose to join the ‘University of Texas.’ While playing for the university team, ‘Texas Longhorns,’ he created many records and achieved several honors. He also represented the US at the 1992 ‘Barcelona Olympic Games.’ The ‘San Francisco Giants’ selected him in the first round at the ‘1992 MLB Draft.’ Though he was drafted in 1992, he initially played in the minor league and made his major league debut in 1999. Later, he played for the ‘Texas Rangers’ and ‘Chicago Cubs,’ before retiring in 2004. He is married to Kelli and has a daughter.
Childhood & Early Life
Murray was born on July 30, 1971, in Dallas, Texas. He has an elder brother, Kevin Murray, a former football quarterback at ‘Texas A&M University’ and a high school football coach at present. His nephew, Kyler Murray, also is a football quarterback and winner of the ‘2018 Heisman Trophy.’
Murray studied at the ‘W.T. White High School,’ Dallas. He was ranked number 7 prospect, according to ‘Baseball America.’
In the ‘1989 MLB Draft,’ Murray, then a high school player, was selected by ‘Cleveland Indians’ in the first round. But Murray did not wish to take it up at the age of 18. He decided to join the ‘University of Texas’ on a baseball scholarship, and became one of the outstanding players for the university team, ‘Texas Longhorns.’
During his freshman year, Murray played 67 out of his team’s 68 games, and recorded 49 stolen bases, which was a record. He was one of the fastest players of the university. At the end of his ‘Texas Longhorns’ career, his batting average was .311, with runs scored 197 (with 14 triples), 8 home runs, and 139 stolen bases. He was all-time leader in stolen bases at the ‘Southwest Conference.’
In 1992, Murray was chosen as a member of the ‘USA Baseball National Team.’ He represented the US at the 1992 ‘Barcelona Olympic Games.’ He was selected ‘First-Team All-American,’ and was named ‘Most Outstanding Player ‘at the NCAA in 1992. He led the ‘Texas Longhorns’ to the ‘College World Series.’ He holds the top three single season stolen base record (one for each season he played) for the university team.
In 2007, Murray was inducted into the university’s ‘Longhorn Hall of Honor.’
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In the ‘1992 MLB Draft,’ the ‘San Francisco Giants’ selected Murray in the first round as the 7th overall pick. For the first 6 years, he played in the minor/amateur league of the ‘Giants.’ At the end of the 1999 season, he made his major league debut on June 22, 1999, and played a few games. He continued playing for the team in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Murray was traded to the ‘Texas Rangers’ on April 22, 2002. From December 2002, to 2003, he played as a minor league free agent with the ‘Los Angeles Dodgers.’ On February 5, 2004, he signed with the ‘Chicago Cubs’ as a minor league free agent, and played till October, 2004.
By the end of his MLB career, Murray’s batting average was .231, runs batted in 54, and home runs 8.
Family & Personal Life
Murray got married to Kelli on November 30, 1996. The couple has a daughter, Carly Nicole, who was born on July 18, 2001.