January 30, 2002 there have been alot worse than billy murphy.he had very good speed and was excellent defensively.
February 1, 2004 I think he was on the team (along with Bill Hepler) because of some rule about having first year players on the big league roster or lose them in a draft. A few players were on big league (Frank Tepedino on the Yankees) rosters at that time who almost never played. Anyone remember this?
February 4, 2004 Billy Murphy was drafted as a free agent by the Yankees in 1962 when he was 18. After three complete minor league seasons the Yankees did not add him to the 40-man roster and so he was eligible for baseball's "Rule V Draft" after the 1965 season.
The Mets drafted him and were forced to keep him on their 25-man roster through the 1966 season or lose him back to the Yankees for half the price they paid for him.
So 22-year-old Murphy spent the 1966 season at Shea, getting 135 at bats, mainly as a center fielder. That was his first and only season in the majors.
May 9, 2005 I never heard of Billy Murphy until today. But any ex-Met who shares my birthday is a friend of mine.
Isn't it strange how noble a one-season career can seem compared to a more long-lasting one? Maybe it's just me being strange, but I have a tendency to admire a guy just for making it to the bigs and to take for granted someone who hung around. I wonder if guys like Murphy see it that way.
July 21, 2005 The summer of '66 and a cast of young hopefuls: Jones, Selma, Gardner, Goosen, Swoboda, Hepler and one Billy Murphy who became my instant favorite until he crushed his first ML home run against my beloved Giants to send a game into overtime until Jim Davenport went yard in the 17th.