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Encyclopedia > Bob Murphy (announcer)
Murphy in front of the radio booth named in his honor
Murphy in front of the radio booth named in his honor

Robert Allan Murphy (19 September 19243 August 2004) was an American sportscaster who spent 50 years doing play-by-play of Major League Baseball games on television and radio. Image File history File links Bob_Murphy. ... Image File history File links Bob_Murphy. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Murphy made his first appearance in a broadcast booth with the Muskogee, Oklahoma Reds. His first major league job was with the Boston Red Sox in 1954, working alongside Curt Gowdy. In 1960, he moved to the Baltimore Orioles for two seasons. Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1 • 4 • 8 • 9 • 27 • 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) See Nicknames before Red Sox for disputed nicknames Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World... The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world. ... Curt Gowdy (born July 31, 1919, in Green River, Wyoming) is a former American sportscaster. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ...


Murphy's call of Roger Maris' record-tying 60th home run of the 1961 season became an audition tape that landed him a job with the expansion New York Mets in 1962. Roger Maris signs a baseball for President John F. Kennedy Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985), was a Major League Baseball player primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Murphy's broadcasts were known for their optimistic outlook. He would rarely be critical of players and would always strive to emphasize the positive. According to Gary Thorne, who was his partner in the Mets radio booth from 1985 to 1988, Murphy felt that, "the game was to be enjoyed and he sought out the joy in that day's game to bring to the fans." Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948 in Maine) is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN and ABC, working Major League Baseball, College Football and Frozen Four hockey contests. ...


Murphy, despite his long association with the Mets, never openly rooted for the team from the booth. Listeners knew that he was happier when the Mets won, as evidenced by his mention of a "recap" after a loss and a "happy recap" after a win, but he never referred to the Mets as "we" and, reflecting his love of the game, he would sound equally excited when a good play was made against the Mets as he would when the Mets made a similar play.


Because he was so well known for his sunny outlook, an unprecedented display of crankiness on his part received much attention. On July 25, 1990 in Philadelphia the Mets took a 10-3 lead into the ninth inning, but the Phillies opened the inning with seven consecutive singles, followed by a walk, and scored six runs to narrow the Mets lead to one run before the Mets were able to turn a double play and get a line drive out. Murphy's patience was apparently worn thin by the long inning, and when the game finally ended he famously exclaimed, "The Mets win! They win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!" The use of even such a mild expletive was so out of character that it was frequently cited as one of his more memorable moments following Murphy's death 14 years later.


Murphy remained in the Mets broadcast booth until his retirement in 2003. He joined long-time colleague Lindsey Nelson as a recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award in 1994. Murphy was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984. Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Note: broadcasting is also a term for hand sowing. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Lindsey Nelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The New York Mets Hall of Fame was created in 1981 to recognize the careers of former New York Mets players, managers, broadcasters and executives. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 10 - Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale and Harmon Killebrew are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


Among Bob Murphy's trademark calls were the following:

  • "Well Hiiiiiii everybody, Bob Murphy, along with (insert co-announcers' names)."
  • "Here to paint the word picture for you" (introducing his radio play-by-play colleague)
  • "Heeeeeeeee struck him out!"
  • "Oh what a play!"
  • "A well-hit driiive, deeeeep left center field, thats way back, ya, there it goes, home run!"
  • "Liiine driiive, base hit, centerfield!"
  • "Anthony Young may be 1-15 on the year, but folks, dont let that fool you, he has reeeal good stuff out there."
  • "He's looking at nine miles of bad road" (when a pitcher was in a tight spot)
  • "We'll be back with the happy recap in just a moment." (after a Mets win)
  • "Fasten your seatbelts!" (Going into a tight ninth inning.)
  • "The Mets Win! They Win!"

Murphy was also an announcer for the New York Titans (now the New York Jets) of the American Football League. In addition, in 1973 he hosted the New York edition of Bowling for Dollars, a locally-produced game show, on WOR-TV. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Robert Wood Johnson IV General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC... AFL logo The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... See also: 1972 in television, other events of 1973, 1974 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1973-74 American network television schedule. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Bowling for Dollars was a 1970s-era TV game show on which ordinary people could try their hand at the sport of bowling. ... A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... WWOR-TV (UPN 9) is the flagship station of the UPN network. ...


After the 2003 season, Murphy retired to Florida. He died of lung cancer in West Palm Beach. After his passing, the Mets honored Bob Murphy's memory by wearing a patch on the left sleeve of their uniforms for the rest of the 2004 season. The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. ... Location of West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ...


Memorable Quotes

  • "...And a ground ball, trickling, it is a Fair Ball! Gets by Buckner! Rounding third Knight! The Mets will win the Ballgame! The Mets win! They win!"

-Murphy's famous call of the famous Mookie Wilson grounder through the legs of Bill Buckner during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. William Hayward Mookie Wilson (born February 9, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with the New York Mets (1980–89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989–91). ... Bill Buckner and his famous error during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series William Joseph Bill Buckner (born December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox who, despite an impressive 20-year career, is mostly remembered for the... The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship series in Major League Baseball, was a memorable battle between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox which helped to spread the legend of the Curse of the Bambino to mass public awareness. ...

  • "Gentry working hard. Crowd chanting 'We're number 1, We're number 1!' The pitch. Ground ball to short! Harrelson to Weis, there's one! First Base! Double Play! It's all over! Ohhh, the roar going up in this crowd."

-September 24, 1969, as the Mets clinched their first Division Title in team history.

  • "The 2-1 pitch. Hit in the air to left field, it's deep! Back goes Jones, by the fence...It hits the top of the fence! Comes back in play, Jones grabs it! The relay throw to the plate, they may get him...He's Out! He's Out at the Plate! An incredible play!

-September 20, 1973, the famous "Ball off the Wall" play as the Mets ended a Pirates rally in the top of the 13th inning en route to a win in their improbable 1973 rally to the NL East Title.

  • "Now the stretch by McGraw, the 3-2 delivery, the runner goes...And a little pop up, Milner grabs it, he'll run to first, Double Play! The Mets win the Pennant! The Mets have just won the Pennant in the Eastern Division! It's all over, the Mets have won it with a magnificent stretch drive!"

-October 1, 1973, as the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs to clinch their second NL East Title. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ...

  • "Ground ball to first base. Milner has it. To Buddy Harrelson one. To first, Double Play! And a Fight breaks out! A Fight breaks out! Pete Rose and Buddy Harrelson! Both clubs spill out of the dugouts! And a wild fight is going on!

-October 8, 1973, as Pete Rose and Buddy Harrelson brawled during Game 3 of the 1973 National League Championship Series. The 1973 National League Championship Series was played between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds from October 6 to October 10, 1973. ...

  • "Now the stretch. The pitch on the way...Swing and a Miss! Swing and a Miss! Struck him out! Struck him out! The Mets win it! The Mets have won it! They're in the World Series, Saturday night at Shea! Oh, they are mobbing Jesse Orosco!"

-October 16, 1986, as the Mets defeated the Houston Astros in the 16th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 National League Championship Series. Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24,25,32,33,34,40,49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... The 1986 National League Championship Series pitted the New York Mets against the Houston Astros. ...

  • "Now the pitch on the way...He struck him out! Struck him out! The Mets have won the World Series! And they're jamming and crowding all over Jesse Orosco! He's somewhere at the bottom of that pile! He struck out Marty Barrett! The Dream has come true! The Mets have won the World Series, coming from behind to win the seventh ballgame!"

-October 27th, 1986, as the Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 to win the 1986 World Series Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1 • 4 • 8 • 9 • 27 • 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) See Nicknames before Red Sox for disputed nicknames Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World... The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship series in Major League Baseball, was a memorable battle between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox which helped to spread the legend of the Curse of the Bambino to mass public awareness. ...

  • "Swing and a line drive...CAUGHT! The game is over! The Mets win it! On a line drive to Mario Diaz! And the Mets have won the ballgame, they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9! Oh wow!"

-July 25, 1990, as the Mets nearly blew a 10-3 lead to the Philadelphia Phillies in the last of the 9th inning. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,14,20,32,36 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) unofficially Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) Philadelphia Phillies (1883-2006) Philadelphia Quakers (1882-1882) Worcester Rubylegs (1880-1881) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1944...

  • "Here's the pitch...Swung, lined hard, Caught! The Game is over! The Mets win it! They're on their way to Arizona! A wicked line drive hit by Dmitri Young, caught by Edgardo Alfonzo! The game is over! The Mets have won the Wild Card in the National League!"

-October 4, 1999, as the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a Wild Card Play-in game to advance to the postseason for the first time since 1988. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,5,8,10,18,20,24 Name Cincinnati Reds (1876–present) (Referred to as Redlegs 1953-1958) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002) a. ...

  • "Here's the pitch on the way to Bonds...Fly ball to center, can he run it down? On the run Payton...Makes the catch! It's all over, the Mets win it! Jay Payton makes the catch! A one-hit shutout for Bobby Jones! And they're all racing to the mound and mobbing Bobby Jones! What a magnificent game! The Mets have never had a better ball game pitched in their 39-year History than this game by Bobby Jones! "

-October 8, 2000, as Bobby Jones threw a one-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants to clinch the 2000 National League Division Series for the New York Mets. Robert Joseph Jones (born February 10, 1970) is a retired professional baseball player. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000... The 2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ...

  • "Piazza cocks the bat and waits. Mets a run behind. And the pitch...High fly ball! Deep to Center Field. It's way back! It may go! Gone! A two run Homer for Mike Piazza! He hit it over the Center Field fence!"

-September 21, 2001, as Mike Piazza hit a game winning Home Run for the Mets in their first home game following September 11, 2001. Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ...


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Awards
Preceded by
Chuck Thompson
Ford C. Frick Award
1994
Succeeded by
Bob Wolff

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Murphy remained in the Mets broadcast booth until his retirement in 2003.
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