Bobby Murcer faces new brain cancer scare
BY BILL MADDEN
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Thursday, February 28th 2008, 2:58 PM
Bobby Murcer, batting during during Old Timer's
Day last year, has been battling brain cancer
since Dec. 2006.
Former Yankee outfielder Bobby Murcer’s battle with brain cancer may have taken a turn for the worse, the Daily News has learned.
According to an emotional e-mail sent to friends Thursday from Murcer’s wife, Kay, the Yankee broadcaster will undergo a brain biopsy on Monday in Houston after an MRI revealed an “area that doctors are concerned about.”
“Please pray that it will be determined to be necrosis (scar tissue from the radiation), and not another cancerous tumor,” Kay wrote in her e-mail. “It’s one of the two.”
Murcer, 61, played with the Yankees from 1965-74, and 1979-83, and has been a broadcaster with the team since his retirement in 1983.
In Dec. 2006, Murcer began experiencing headaches and a loss of energy, and was diagnosed with brain cancer on Christmas Eve after an MRI discovered a malignant tumor.
Despite the possible setback, Murcer remained upbeat when reached by the News at his home in Oklahoma City.
“I’ve gotta go back to Houston on Monday for more tests, which means I’m going to have to miss the first two spring training games,” Murcer said. “I still hope to be in Tampa in time for the third game (on March 7) and I’m still planning on doing my full schedule of games for the regular season.”
Murcer also played with the Giants and Cubs during his 17-season career.