Tumor removed, Murcer recovering in hospital

Updated: December 28, 2006, 6:19 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Former New York Yankees player Bobby Murcer was recovering at a Houston hospital Thursday after surgery to remove a brain tumor.

The 60-year-old Murcer, now a Yankees broadcaster, was awake and resting comfortably at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the top cancer facilities in the nation, hospital officials said in a statement.

"The Murcer family would like to thank all those who have extended their well wishes and support," the statement said.

The New York Daily News has reported that Murcer had been having headaches and feeling a loss of energy, and the tumor was discovered following an MRI on Christmas Eve.

Murcer played 17 seasons in the major leagues from 1965-83 and was a five-time All-Star and a Gold Glove-winning outfielder. In his career with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, he batted .277 with 252 home runs and 1,043 RBI.

After his retirement, Murcer won three Emmy Awards for live sports coverage as the voice of the Yankees.

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