In an era of great success for Euclid High baseball, Tom Murphy was one of its brightest stars, pitching the Panthers to the 1963 Class A Ohio state high school championship. He then moved on to Ohio University where over his sophomore and junior seasons he built a 16-1 record, helping the Bobcats to a pair of Mid-American Conference titles and winning second team All-American recognition at the close of the 1966 season. That earned him a berth on the national team coached by the legendary Rod Dedeaux of USC, which faced teams from Japan, Korea and the Philippines in Hawaii. More importantly, it would lead to his selection in the first round (sixth pick overall) in the secondary phase of the major league draft by the California Angels in January, 1967. He was sent to the Seattle Pilots immediately after his graduation in June and one year later he made his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park to launch an 11-year career in the majors with the Angels, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Boston and Toronto. As a starter for the Angels from 1969-71, he averaged 226 innings per year, winning a career high 16 games in 1970. Converted to a reliever by Milwaukee in 1974, he won 10 games and saved 20 while compiling a 1.90 ERA in 70 games to earn Fireman of the Year honors, then recorded another 20 saves the following season. He ended his career in 1979 with 67 wins and 59 saves while pitching in 439 games. He is now following a career in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California, specializing in Tenant Representation. He makes his home in Coto de Caza, CA with his wife Kriss.
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