Yankees Remember Bobby Murcer

In statements released on the official Yankees website various current and former Yankees expressed themselves over the passing of Bobby Murcer.


GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III

CHAIRPERSON, NEW YORK YANKEES

“Bobby Murcer was a born Yankee, a great guy, very well-liked and a true friend of mine. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Kay, their children and grandchildren. I will really miss the guy.”

JOE GIRARDI

YANKEES PLAYER (1996-99) AND CURRENT YANKEES MANAGER

“He was a great Yankee, but more importantly, he was a great friend to all of us. He always put others first, he cared about the game, and he cared whether we won or lost every day. He wore his emotions on his sleeve, whether he was in the booth or as a player, and he played the game the right way. Bobby was the type of man that, I believe, got what life was about — trying to make life better for people around him. As a kid, I used to watch Bobby Murcer, and he was one of my heroes.”

REGGIE JACKSON

FORMER TEAMMATE, YANKEES OUTFIELDER (1977-81), MEMBER OF YANKEES SPECIAL ADVISORY GROUP

“If there’s a Hall of Fame for people, he’s in it. He enjoyed life, his family and people. He was such a good person, and he was appreciative of the people who cared so much for him.”

GOOSE GOSSAGE

FORMER TEAMMATE, YANKEES PITCHER (1978-83, ’89), BASEBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2008

“He was an awesome person. His values and the way he lived his life were tremendous. He was a gentleman, a class act and friendly to everyone. He was the model of how we should all be.”

DON MATTINGLY

FORMER YANKEES FIRST BASEMAN (1982-95) AND YANKEES COACH (2004-07)

“Bobby is so special to me. I feel like he and I are connected. He’s the one that stepped down so graciously to give me my opportunity with the club. Anytime I think of the Yankees, and it’s often, I think of Bobby. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to know Bobby, and he’s a special person. He’s been a great joy in my life.”

JOE TORRE

FORMER YANKEES MANAGER (1996-2007)

“It’s a great loss to the baseball world and to those who had the great pleasure of knowing Bobby the person. He was a special human being with great spirit, and I know that helped him during this time. My deepest sympathies go out to Kay and the entire Murcer family.”

MEL STOTTLEMYRE

FORMER TEAMMATE, YANKEES PITCHER (1964-74) AND YANKEES COACH (1996-2005)

“The loss of Bobby is a major blow to those of us who played alongside him and considered him a friend. He was a special person, and I’ll always treasure the time I spent with him. He and [his wife] Kay were classy people, and our families have bonded throughout the years.”

BOB WATSON FORMER TEAMMATE, YANKEES FIRST BASEMAN (1980-82), CURRENT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL VICE PRESIDENT OF ON-FIELD OPERATIONS

“For me, Bobby was the ultimate Yankee, a great player and a great friend. He was my locker neighbor for three years and we talked about anything and everything. The Yankees family is going to miss him.”

LOU PINIELLA

FORMER TEAMMATE, YANKEES OUTFIELDER (1974-84) AND YANKEES MANAGER (1986-87, ’88)

“Bobby Murcer was a tremendously special person. He was a wonderful family man, a supportive teammate and a great friend. Anita and I send our heartfelt wishes to Kay and the entire Murcer family.”

DON ZIMMER

FORMER YANKEES COACH (1983, 1986, 1996-2003)

“Bobby was a Yankee in every sense, a true Yankee. A class act. He was the type of person that was loved by everybody. He battled this thing and never gave up. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Bobby Murcer: May 20, 1946 – July 12, 2008

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Mouse Gene Map May Help ALS Research

In an article titled “Gene map charts spinal cord mysteries” in the Health section of the msnbc website written by science editor, Alan Boyle it is revealed that an online atlas of genes linked to spinal cord functions in mice may shed some light for research into new treatments for diseases like ALS. Paul Allen, Microsoft billionaire and other contributors backed the “Allen Spinal Cord Atlas” whose first pages were unveiled recently.

When the full data is revealed it will provide a valuable resource.

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It's Official! Victory on Power Chairs and Medicare Coverage

It’s official! After more than two years of outreach to Congress, we can declare victory in the fight to ensure access to power wheelchairs. Last night Congress voted to override the President’s veto of Medicare legislation that would exclude high-end power wheelchairs from Medicare’s competitive bidding program. This victory means that people with ALS and our Chapters no longer need to worry that competitive bidding will limit the types of chairs available to PALS or reduce access to needed services and suppliers. The bill is now law!

Key Provisions also Included

In addition to competitive bidding, the bill enacted into law includes a number of other critical provisions important to people with ALS and which the Advocacy Department promoted with Members of Congress. These provisions provide important protections to people with ALS, improve coverage for prescription drugs under the Medicare program and help ensure access to other critical Medicare benefits, like physical therapy. The key provisions of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (HR 6331) include:

  • Ensures Access to Power Wheelchairs

  • Improves Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

  • Provides Additional Coverage for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Services

  • Improves Access to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)

Additional details on these provisions is available by clicking this link.

We would like to again thank advocates across the country for reaching out to Congress and educating them about the unique needs of people with ALS. The overwhelming vote, 70-26 in the Senate and 383-41 in the House, is a testament to the effectiveness of your outreach and our strategic efforts to enact this important legislation.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about this important victory, please contact the Advocacy Department at mohsinger@als-ny.org.

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Indestructible Documentary Follows ALS Patient's Fight

The Chicago Tribune gave Ben Beyer’s film “Indestructible” 3 1/2 stars today. The movie about Beyer’s fight against ALS (which he lost on July 3,2008, when he passed away) captures three years of his struggle.

In a movie review on the Chicago Tribune website, reporter, Maureen Hart said that Beyer’s fighting spirit survives because of his documentary.

You can read the full review of the film here.

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2008 ALS Advocacy Day

ALS Association of Greater New York met with Legislators During the National Advocacy Conference in WashingtonD.C.

On May, 2008, the ALS Association of Greater New York sought support of legislators in WashingtonD.C. for proposed bills establishing a national registry and appropriation of funds toward research. Also on the agenda was securing government benefits for veterans afflicted with the disease as they run a higher risk of contracting ALS, especially 1991 Gulf War service persons, according to recent studies.

Read all about it here.

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