Flashback Friday: Chris Davis matches Steady Eddie
April 12, 2013
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris "Crush" Davis earned Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 7, 2013. As MLB.com notes, Davis is the first Oriole to win consecutive Player of the Week honors since Eddie Murray did so in 1981.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been named the American League Player of the Week for his historic performance during the period ending April 7th. This marks Chris' second career weekly honor, having split the final award of the 2012 season with Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander on October 1st. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was the last Oriole to win consecutive Player of the Week honors, accomplishing the feat on September 13th and September 20th in 1981.
So what was Murray doing that was so special during the strike-shortened 1981 season? He was living up to his nickname of Steady Eddie.
Between Sept. 7 and Sept. 20, 1981, a period that included 12 games, Murray had seven multi-hit games. Among those were two four-hit nights at the plate.
Murray, age 25 at the time, went 4-for-5 with a double and a grand slam on Sept. 7, 1981, to lead the Orioles to a 9-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians at Memorial Stadium. He went 4-for-4 with a triple in a 5-1 home loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 18, 1981.
Overall, he posted a .423 average the first week and a .500 average during a second week in which he had two home runs, a triple, a double, nine RBI, a .950 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. He became the second player after Tony Armas to win consecutive Player of the Week honors since the award was instituted in 1975. Armas' awards also came during the 1981 season.
The 1981 Orioles finished 59-46, one game back of the A.L. East champion Milwaukee Brewers. Murray finished the season with a .294/.360/.534 slash line and led the league in both home runs (22) and RBI (78). He was fifth in MVP voting. It was one of nine seasons in which he received MVP votes but did not win the award.