“I remember Bobby (Cox) calling me in the winter of 1980 and telling me I was moving to the outfield,’’ said Murphy. “I had been at first base then and was running out of positions, so I was all for it.’’
Today, Murphy continues to chase his eight children and six grandchildren. His son Jake, who played at the University of Utah, recently signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders. But Murphy looks fondly on the days at the club’s spring training home in West Palm, where they worked from 1963, when they were in Milwaukee, until 1997, when the club moved to Orlando.