Aug. 20, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Bob Murphy, Stanford's longtime radio play-by-play voice and former field hockey coach Sheryl Johnson have been elected to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
Murphy and Johnson, along with NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and legendary St. Francis High School football coach Ron Calcagno headline the fifteenth Hall of Fame class which will be formally inducted on Nov. 11 in a dinner ceremony at HP Pavilion.
Murphy served as the radio voice of Stanford football and basketball for 43 seasons until he retired following the conclusion of the 2007 football season. He also served as the school's sports information director from 1964-73 and San Jose State's athletic director from 1976-79.
Murphy, who was born at Stanford Hospital in 1931, was raised in Burlingame and graduated from Stanford in 1953 with a degree in history. He was a standout pitcher on Stanford's baseball team for three years (1951-53) under Everett Dean and was a key contributor on Stanford's first College World Series team in 1953.
Murphy went onto pitch for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League.
Johnson served as Stanford's field hockey coach from 1984-2002, compiling a 168-125-11 record to go along with nine Nor Pac Conference titles and seven NCAA appearances.
A Monta Vista High School graduate who attended De Anza College and the University of California at Berkeley, Johnson was a member of the USA national team from 1978-91, representing her country a record 137 times. Johnson won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics and a silver medal at the 1987 Pan American Games.
She was voted USA Field Hockey Player of the Year in 1986, 1987 and 1989 and was inducted into the U. S. Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 1994. She also is in the Halls of Fame at Monta Vista High, De Anza (the first woman ever inducted) and at Cal, where she also lettered in softball and basketball -- the only woman in Cal's history to letter in three sports.
The November 11th event, presented by Hewlett-Packard, celebrates 15 years of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The event begins with a reception followed by dinner and induction ceremony. Dinner tickets begin at $200 each and sponsorship packages are available ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. For information and to purchase tickets (408) 288-2936.
The 2009 Class brings the total number to 71 of South Bay sports figures in the Hall of Fame, which recognizes each honoree with a bronze plaque permanently installed on the concourse at HP Pavilion. The annual induction is an event of the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose Arena Authority, HP Pavilion Management/San Jose Sharks and the City of San José. The event benefits Special Olympics Northern California and high school sports programs.