Robert Murphy (’78) – Baseball
Robert Murphy spent 11 seasons in the major leagues.
In football, he was an extraordinary left-footed kicker who booted 12 field goals in two years. He was named first team All-Catholic both his junior and senior year and was third-team all county.
But baseball is where he left his biggest mark. Rob was first team All-County as a junior and left the school as its career leader in wins and strikeouts.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school but chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida.
As a Gator freshman, Rob led the team with a 2.53 ERA. He left Florida after his sophomore year to make himself eligible for the January draft. He was selected by the Cincinanti Reds third over-all in that draft.
Rob spent five years in the minor leagues before making his Major Laegue debut on September 23, 1985. From there, he spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, more than any other former Explorer or any pitcher from the University of Florida.
His Major League highlights include leading the National League in appearances in 1988 with 76. He appeared in 70 or more games four times including a personal best 87 games in 1987.
In 1986, Rob posted a 0.72 ERA in 50 innings pitched – which today stands as a National League record for pitchers with 50 or more innings. In total, Rob appeared in 597 Major League games and recorded a career 3.64 ERA.
Today, Rob lives in Jensen Beach, Florida and owns and runs a very successful thoroughbred breeding and racing management company.