Friday, December 14, 2012

If you'll let me wax poetic for a sec....



   I wanted to do a quick and fun doodle for my dad for christmas.  It's his last year of eligibility to be voted into the Hall of Fame, and my 7 siblings have started quite the offensive to speak up and make a case for him, after 15 years of silence. some recent articles/interviews/petitions:   here, here, here, etc.

   I'm a bit of a black sheep in the family, as my professional sports knowledge is nil, and my athletic prowess is nonexistent.  Most people are surprised to hear that my artistic side was actually fostered and encouraged by my Dad, but that's just the way he's always been with me.

  I'm not smart enough to argue his career, his numbers, or to compare him to other players (I only know a few others), and I can only remember bits and pieces of his career.  But I remember perfectly sitting in our art room in Georgia, tracing the outlines of our feet onto planks of wood, whittling sticks and bars of soap on the back porch, admiring my dad's doodles that he would do of all our names, and carving our initials into trees as we tried to hunt bats with our BB guns.

   I don't know if he'll get in the Hall, but... it really doesn't matter to me.

29 comments:

Kyle said...

That is pretty cool! I hope that he gets in. Great piece btw. I love your work.

Will Strong said...

This is wonderful.

TimH said...

I love this, Tyson. Very well said. Cute simple artwork. I don't know any of those kind of sports statistics either, but I do know that a good Dad is such a valuable gift, especially one that is supportive of whatever your interests are.

I am happy that you are able to have a Dad that supports your artistic side.

Radu Chiotan said...
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Radu Chiotan said...

I think is great what you did for your father! That's the best Christmas present for any father! Great piece also btw :)

Will Samatis said...

Great piece. Great ball player - will be remembered and respected regardless of the HoF ballot.

Emerson Fialho said...

Spetacular, good friend!
Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!

Seals said...

Your dad was so great. This is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Deadspin picked this up so you will probably get a lot of hits today. Just wanted to say this is an awesome cartoon. And, as a father of two young boys, I now have an entirely new reason to think very highly of your dad.

Matthew Smith said...

That group of kids in frame #3 would have included me every time he visited Wrigley Field with the Braves in the 80s. He always signed autographs for the kids and was one of the good guys.

Matthew Smith said...

That group of kids in frame #3 would have included me every time he visited Wrigley Field with the Braves in the 80s. He always signed autographs for the kids and was one of the good guys.

John said...

Tyson, that's awesome, man! Your father was one of my favorite players to watch when I was a kid. Second favorite after Tony Gwynn, (I'm from San Diego). It's great to know that beside being a great baseball player, he was a terrific father.

jengel said...

I was a huge fan of your dad during the prime of his career (I was a teenager back then). I'm now a father myself and this is one of the greatest tributes any son could ever give his father--well done!

Tyson Murphy said...

thanks a lot, everyone!

Shannon said...

As a huge Braves fan and growing up hearing your dad's name and watching him play when I was young, it was a huge thrill for me to meet him in Atlanta on Chipper's last home game stand in the lobby of our hotel. What a NICE man he is. He even gave me one of his rare 82 signed jerseys. Something I will never forget. If there is anyone that deserves to be recognized as one of the games best, it is him. I have signed the petition and made all my friends and family do it as well.

Anonymous said...

This really made me smile!

Anonymous said...

This really made me smile!

Brian J. Geraghty said...

Tyson, I have a very personal connection with your dad (to me anyway) from a really long time ago. A story I'd be happy to share if you were ever interested. I love the graphic though; glad I'm not the only one who thinks so highly of him. Here's hoping you'll shed light on the issue in a way that puts old #3 in the HOF!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! I love this. As a huge baseball fan, Dale Murphy was one of the 'good guys.'

Beatriz Iglesias said...

So nice! ^__^

Chris Smith said...

I was a kid during your dad's career. Loved the stats, like his home run against Dwight Gooden when he had stitches across his hand from an injury the night before. But I was always proud he was my favorite player because he was such a GREAT role model. REALLY hope he gets into the HOF. I hope every year when they make the announcement that his name comes up. I pray this is the year.

Anonymous said...

Have been a fan of your Dad's for years and actually got to meet him for the first time this last year. What an awesome guy and a guy who deserves to be in the Hall.

Class act!

Anonymous said...

If your dad doesnt get into baseball HOF, he should get into fathers HOF. You my friend is the evidence

Mike said...

This is the best thing I will see all day, and probably all weekend.

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Burun Estetigi said...

Your post made me smile!
Greetings,
Merry Christmas
Burun Estetigi

fiNe tOon said...

I grew up in Atlanta during a time when your dad was just beginning his career. He quickly became my favorite player. After we moved, our whole family (8 kids too) were fortunate to be able to catch nearly every Braves game on TBS. We moved to the Philly area, and were ecstatic when we learned that he was traded to the Phillies (while still sad to see him leave Atlanta). We went to several games. I was even at the game where Murph hit the last grand slam of his career! We must have met him 6 or 7 times, and he must have autographed about 20 to 30 items for us during that time (always with a smile).

Dale Murphy epitomizes Rule 5 of the HOF inductions criteria: "record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.'' If ever MLB needed an ambassador with integrity and honor, it is now!

GO MURPH!!!

fiNe tOon said...

By the way, from one character artist to another - your work is amazing!

Bradley Hicks said...

Mr. Murphy,

June 15, 1985 was my first professional baseball game. Reds vs. Braves at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta. My dad got us seats in the first row in center field so I could be as close as I could to my hero, Dale Murphy. (Or maybe was too cheap to shell out for seats on the infield, who cares?) Long rain delay, and lots of the crowd went home. When they finally started back up, we were nearly alone in the outfield bleachers. Fifth inning, two outs, Pete Rose hits a long fly into center. Murph goes all the way to the wall, and makes a running catch for the third out. I yell as loud as I can, "Nice catch Murph!" and my voice cracks. He tosses the ball back into the infield, looks over his shoulder and flashes a smile and touches his cap.

My favorite moment in sports wasn't a triumphant feat of athleticism. It was a guy who looked like he was having fun.

That's your dad.

Peace.