ATLANTA (AP) -- Dale Murphy was in his last season with the
Atlanta Braves in 1990 when a skinny high school shortstop walked
into the clubhouse.
Murphy had no idea the kid, Chipper Jones, would be the player
to break his record for most home runs with Atlanta. Then Murphy
watched Jones hit.
"It was obvious he was a great talent," Murphy said.
Now 35, Jones leads the NL with 10 homers and has 367 for his
career, only four behind Murphy's Atlanta record.
"I could see this coming a few years ago," Murphy said
Wednesday in a telephone interview from his home in Alpine, Utah.
"But when he was a high school kid walking through our clubhouse,
I didn't think that. It seems like yesterday."
Murphy's Atlanta total could be passed by both Chipper Jones and
Andruw Jones (347) this season.
"I was thankful to hold it for a while," Murphy said. "I knew
quite a few years ago it wouldn't stand with Chipper and Andruw
The surprise is how quickly Chipper Jones has closed in on