Nobody denies Bill Murray's place among comedy royalty, but it's a prize he received far from Hollywood that surprisingly may rank as his most prestigious tribute.
Minor league baseball inducted the beloved comedic acting genius into the Sally League Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, and although he wasn't speechless, Murray definitely was moved by the honor.
"I don't understand why I'm being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm not gonna say no. No one has ever asked me to be in the Hall of Fame before. This is a first, so I'm going all the way with it," Murray announced during his speech.
For the most part, Murray told zingers, but he occasionally mixed in old stories from his years as a fan. For example, he talked about the time he lived down the street from Dale Long, a former Pirates and Cubs player. Murray said he played baseball with Long's son.
"This is probably the biggest honor I've ever (had)," Murray said (via CNN). "I did win a Golden Globe once, and I was nominated for an Oscar, and I've won some other kind of things like that. But they cannot explain this to me, and that's why this one is at the very top."
During his acting career Murray has appeared in over 60 films, in addition to his work on Saturday Night Live and other projects during his years in the entertainment industry.
Murray has also owned the Charleston RiverDogs since 1989. As he was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman was on hand for the festivities.
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