Murcer to donate money to cancer research

Wednesday, May 10th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- One of Oklahoma's most famous baseball players wants to help attract a prominent cancer researcher to the state.

A $1 million research chair at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine will be named honoring the brother of former New York Yankees great Bobby Murcer.

The DeWayne Murcer Endowed Research Chair in Hematology/Oncology will provide funding for a pediatric cancer researcher at the institute.

Part of the funding for the chair will be raised through the American Cancer Society's annual Men's Golf Championship, which hMurcer has co-sponsored for the past ten years. A $250,000 pledge from the tournament will be matched by Children's Medical Research Institute and the $500,000 will be matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Murcer's brother, DeWayne, and motehr, Maybelle, both died of cancer.