Johnny Murphy
Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, 1983
John Joseph Murphy
Born: July 14, 1908 at New York, N.Y.
Died: January 14, 1970 at New York, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 190

Johnny Murphy was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 14, 2016.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Coach 1967
  • Administrative Assistant 1963 - 1964
  • Vice President 1965 - 1969
  • General Manager 1968 - 1969

Share your memories of Johnny Murphy


Bob R.
January 9, 2003
It's a shame that nobody seems to remember Johnny Murphy. He was one of baseball's first great relief pitcher when he played with the Yankees. And he was General Manager when the Mets won the '69 season. He died of a heart attack right after that championship season ended. What a way to go out!

Ed K
January 20, 2004
There is an interesting story behind Johnny Murphy being listed as a Met coach in 1967. He was in the front office most of the year although Bing Devine had finally taken over the GM duties from George Weiss (and set some kind of record for trades in a season). Anyway, when Manager Wes Westrum could see the handwriting on the wall that he would be let go at season's end, he beat the Mets to it and quit in September.

The Mets moved coach Salty Parker up to be interim manager for the last few games of the 1967 season but that left them a coach short, so Johnny Murphy suited up and served as a coach in late September. It was said that it made some sense since he could work with the minor league callups that he had been following all year.

After the season, Stan Musial decided he did not want to be the Cardinal GM, so St. Louis lured Bing Devine back to their organization. The Mets named Johnny Murphy to be the new GM and got Gil Hodges to be the new manager, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jonathan Stern
June 26, 2005
Reportedly a figurehead GM, weak-willed and indecisive. Got the credit while Whitey Herzog did most of the work. It was Herzog and Bing Devine who built the team before Murphy took over, while it was M. Donald Grant who wanted Hodges and got him.

I once saw a replay of Game 5, 1969. In the locker-room after Jones caught Davey Johnson's fly ball, Murphy looked not all there as he was being interviewed with Hodges, Seaver, et al. He certainly didn't look like a GM who had just won the World Series. Murphy died soon afterwards.

jim lyon
July 16, 2005
He ended up with the Mets? Well, I guess that is better than going back to the Yankees. I knew Mr. Murphy when he was a scout for the Red Sox. Actually I knew his son, Johnny, much better as we played many hours of baseball in the field at Hancock Village. West Roxbury or Brookline, take your pick. The line ran right through us. It was through him that I became a lifelong Red Sox fan, and absorbed a lot of old baseball lore through him. They called him Fireman Murphy, because he was always putting out the fires the starting pitchers left. And somewhere I still have an old Charley "King Kong" Keller mitt that he gave me.

Ed K
February 24, 2006
I must disagree with Jonathan's view of Johnny Murphy. Murphy deserves much of the credit for bringing Hodges to the Mets. Because of Murphy's AL background, he acted as the go-between with the Washington Senators negotiating for Hodges release. By all reports, Murphy and Hodges worked extremely well together after Hodges came over to the Mets.

As for the interview after the 1969 World Series, I think that is a bit unfair. By then, Murphy was ill and only had a short time to live.

Paul McGrath
September 2, 2008
From an English fan.

Does anyone remeber that Johnny Murphy's brother was the man who prosecuted Alger Hiss?

After the case a taxi driver in NY when introduced to Tom Murphy only wanted to talk about Johnny!

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