bmurphy.jpgThe “Voice of Summer” has been silenced.
Bob Murphy, who broadcast New York Mets games for four decades, died on Aug. 3 of lung cancer. He was 79.
The Oklahoma native studied petroleum engineering at Tulsa University and served in the Marines during World War II. He launched his broadcasting career calling games for the Muskogee (Okla.) Reds before moving into the major leagues in 1954. There he worked behind the microphone for the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.
On April 11, 1962, Murphy announced the Mets’ first game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Together with Lindsay Nelson and Ralph Kiner, he spent years offering uncritical verbal portraits of every ball, strike and out to radio and television audiences. For the final 15 seasons of his career, Murphy shared “happy recaps” with Gary Cohen on WFAN 66AM. In all he covered 6,000 games, including two World Championships.
Murphy was elected to the Mets Hall of Fame in 1984. A decade later, he received the Ford C. Frick Award and was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. When he retired, the radio booth at Shea Stadium was named in his honor.
Murphy’s final broadcast aired on Sept. 25, 2003: “I’ll say goodbye now to everybody. Stay well out there, wherever you might be. I’ve enjoyed the relationship with you.”
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