Former baseball star, broadcaster Murcer dies

NEW YORK The Yankees said he died Saturday at home in Oklahoma City following a 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Murcer played 17 seasons in the majors with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs from 1965 to 1983. He batted .277 with 252 home runs and worked as a Yankees broadcaster for 23 seasons.

Murcer was a fan favorite in New York. He had surgery in December 2006, four days after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He returned to the broadcast booth last season and briefly this year.

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