Guide to the Bob Murphy Oral History and Background Material

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
April 2011
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.


Overview

Call Number: SC1007
Creator: Murphy, Bob.
Title: Bob Murphy oral history and background material
Dates: 1997-2007
Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot (3 folders and 8 audiocassettes)
Summary: The materials consist of an oral history, background material, news clippings, a short biography, and an article on baseball on the radio.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

Open for research use.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Bob Murphy Oral History and Background Material (SC1007). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

Bob Murphy was a Stanford guy from the very beginning. Born at Stanford Hospital in 1931, he grew up in Burlingame where his grandfather was the first City clerk and their old family home was the seventh house built.
Showing early signs of the young rebel he would soon be, Bob left Burlingame every day to attend and ultimately graduate from San Mateo High School. On his way he would pass by Burlingame High School, and wouldn’t you know it, by his senior year it was the San Mateo Bearcats beating the Burlingame Panthers for the Baseball Championship of the Peninsula Athletic League.
Bob went on to Stanford University where he graduated in four years. In his senior season of 1953, he helped pitch Stanford to its first ever appearance in the College World Series.
He signed a professional baseball contract with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League and beat the Portland Beavers 3-2 on the day he signed his first contract. He enjoyed three years in professional baseball, two of them on championship teams.
As a young developer, Bob, with the help of Stanford swim coach Tom Haynie, brought the National AAU Swimming and Diving Championship to Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. He then went on to become a traveling consultant for the development and operation of Almaden, Palo Alto Hills, Sharon Heights Country Club, Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, and a golf and recreational development by Standard Oil in Orange County.
In 1962 when Chuck Taylor became Athletic Director at Stanford, he brought Bob back to "The Farm" as Manager of Athletic Relations. In the season of 1964 while at Notre Dame during a practice session, Don Klein asked Bob if he might like to sit in with him for the game broadcast the next day. Don was Stanford's very popular football announcer and had been the broadcaster for the San Francisco Seals when Bob played for Oakland. Bob sat in that day and would continue a career in front of a microphone for the next 43 years, longer than anyone else in PAC-10 history.
Murphy took over the role of Sports Information Director at Stanford in 1965 and remained in that position until 1974 when he left to help save the East/West Shrine Game. He was successful in moving the game to Stanford, where it remained for 25 years.
But Murph's real trademark is the stories, anecdotes and humor shared with generations of fans listening to his broadcasts or events he has emceed. Stanford coaches have always been fair game during a microphone session with Murph. Both the late Bill Walsh ("ladies and gentlemen, I present the Pontiff") and Mike Montgomery ("Mike, you need to play the Stanford course backward so you can get to know the other side of the fairway") frequently got the razz treatment. Murph would weave in stories of Stanford professors, locker room speeches, famous Stanford athletes of the past. A history major, Murph would talk about how the late Professor Tom Bailey would corner him in class to offer advice about pitching curve balls to Cal hitters.
Sources: San Jose Sports Authority Hall of Fame 2009
Stanford Alumni Magazine (November/December 2007)

Scope and Contents

The materials consist of an oral history, background material, news clippings, a short biography, and an article on baseball on the radio.

Access Terms

Nilan, Roxanne
Athletics
Coaches (Athletics)--United States.
College athletes.
Football--Big Game--Athletics


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Clippings and articles on Bob Murphy 1992-2007

 

"Golf" biography of Bob Murphy circa 2000

Box 1, Folder 3

"Baseball on the Radio" (Chapter 7 of G. Edward White's Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself , 1903-1953.) 1996

 

Oral History

Box 1

1 2003 Oct 28

Use copy (side A), 2003 Oct 28
Use copy (side B), 2003 Oct 28

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

2 2003 Nov 4

Use copy (side B), 2003 Nov 4
Use copy (side A), 2003 Nov 4

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

3 2003 Nov 11

Use copy (side A), 2003 Nov 11
Use copy (side B), 2003 Nov 11

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

4 2003 Nov 18

Use copy (side A), 2003 Nov 18
Use copy (side B), 2003 Nov 18

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

5 2003 Dec 9

Use copy (side A), 2003 Dec 9
Use copy (side B), 2003 Dec 9

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

6 no date

Use copy (side B), no date
Use copy (side A), no date

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

7 2004 Apr 29

Use copy (side A), 2004 Apr 29
Use copy (side B), 2004 Apr 29

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

8 2004 Apr

Use copy (side B), 2004 Apr
Use copy (side A), 2004 Apr

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette