MMO wants to send a Happy Birthday shout-out to the late great Bob Murphy (1924-2004).
“Murph” would have been 89 years old today and I can’t begin to tell you how often I think about him each season.
Today’s game broadcasts have become so noisy and are just a non-stop barrage of promos and product pitches. The game itself actually gets lost in translation.
Murphy hearkens to a time when broadcasters like him, Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner had a profound respect for the National Pastime and understood how the sounds of the game were an integral part of a baseball broadcast.
In 1994, Bob Murphy was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame alongside his former Mets broadcast partner Lindsey Nelson, both were recipient of the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award. Murphy was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984.
His warm, wonderful, folksy way about him, always made listeners feel right at home and there was nothing better than hearing his happy recaps after a Mets win.
Murph kept us company all Summer long like a good friend. We took him wherever we went whether at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or tucked underneath our pillows during those late west coast games. He was a part of our family.
He loved the Mets and in return Mets fans loved him.
Murph we miss you, Happy Birthday…