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Craig McMurtry
Born: (1959-11-05) November 5, 1959 (age 64)
Temple, Texas, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1983, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1995, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record28–42
Earned run average4.08

Joe Craig McMurtry (born November 5, 1959) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played eight non-consecutive seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Atlanta Braves (1983–86), Texas Rangers (1988–90) and Houston Astros (1995).

He was named the athletic director at Temple College in 2013.[1]


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In 1982, McMurtry was Pitcher of the Year for the International League's Richmond Braves. In 1983, he finished seventh in voting for the National League Cy Young Award and second in voting for National League Rookie of the Year, to Darryl Strawberry, for having a 15–9 record with a 3.08 ERA in 36 games, 35 of them started. He also completed six games and shutout three.

In eight seasons, he had a 28–42 win–loss record, 212 games, 79 games started, six complete games, three shutouts, 36 games finished, four saves, 667+23 innings pitched, 650 hits allowed, 341 runs allowed, 303 earned runs allowed, 54 home runs allowed, 336 walks allowed, 349 strikeouts, 10 hit batsmen, 18 wild pitches, 2,921 batters faced, 17 intentional walks, eight balks and a 4.08 ERA.

On June 4, 1986, McMurtry gave up Barry Bonds's first career home run. Looking back on the play twenty years later he said "It was a fastball, down and away. He took it the other way. I don't know how he hit it."[2]

On February 2, 1987, McMurtry was traded by the Braves to the Toronto Blue Jays for Damaso Garcia and Luis Leal.[3] However, McMurtry never played a game for the Blue Jays. Also, Leal never played for the Braves, while Garcia played only 21 games for them, batting .117 before being released.

After the conclusion of his playing career, McMurtry coached the baseball team at Temple College.[2]


  1. ^ Wille, Greg (June 12, 2013). "Skipper and boss: Baseball coach McMurtry named as TC's new AD". Temple Daily Telegram. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b Curry, Jack (13 May 2006). "Hundreds of Homers Later, a Pitcher Remembers No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Jays trade Garcia and Leal to Braves for McMurtry". Ottawa Citizen. CP. 3 February 1987. p. D3. Retrieved 6 July 2010.