Aug. 3, 2007
Bob Murphy, a 1953 Stanford graduate and a member of the Stanford radio broadcast team for 43 years, announced today that he will step down as the "Voice of the Cardinal" following the 2007 football season. Murphy is the color analyst on the Stanford football broadcasts and the play-by-play announcer for Cardinal men's basketball games. His final game behind the mic at Stanford Stadium will be the 110th Big Game vs. Cal on Dec. 1.
"I may be stepping away from the microphone, but I am not leaving this place," says Murphy. "I was born in Stanford Hospital, and Stanford has always been home base for me. I may take a rest when we are able to fill every seat for every game in the new and sensational Stanford Stadium. Until then, still count on being bothered by Murphy from time to time."
"We are deeply indebted to Bob Murphy for his 43 years of exemplary service to Stanford University, said Bob Bowlsby, the Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics. "Murph brought an extraordinary amount of passion and energy to his broadcasts and personal appearances. Bob is a favorite of generations of Stanford coaches and student-athletes and we are poorer for his decision to retire.
"On the other hand, we wish Bob and Gail all the best as they use their new found time to travel and generally enjoy retirement. I expect that Bob will continue to have a close relationship with our program and we will certainly look for ways to use his substantial talents," said Bowlsby.
Murphy was a member of the Stanford baseball team from 1950-53. He was a record-setting pitcher for Stanford's 1953 team that advanced to the College World Series. He was later inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Murphy was the Sports Information Director at Stanford from 1964-72, and a former Athletic Director at San Jose State.
Murphy began his broadcasting career on the Farm in 1964. Over the past 43 years, he has served, at different times, as Stanford's play-by-play broadcaster and color analyst for both Cardinal football and men's basketball games. He has hosted numerous television shows for Stanford Athletics and has served as emcee for a variety Stanford Athletic events.