Glad To Have Met Ya: Bob Murphy

April 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

By Joey Wahler

After 42 years behind the Mets microphone, the late Bob Murphy retired in 2003.

At the time, when asked if he’d like to turn back time and keep working Murphy said, "Oh sure, why not? How could you possibly living and have more fun doing it than what we've been doing right here broadcasting baseball in New York."

Murphy spent 17 years broadcasting with Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner, who were like family to Met fans.

"They're just marvelous. I'm always amazed when I pull into a gas station to fill up my tank and the guy starts putting the gas in the car says, 'Hey, I know that voice, you're Bob Murphy.' Those things make me feel good."

Murphy-isms included, “The Happy Recap," “Nobody out, nobody on," and describing ballpark sky conditions like, “Some puffy, cumulous clouds overhead.”

In 1994, Murphy made baseball’s Hall of Fame for calls like Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, when Mookie Wilson's grounder through Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs scores the winning run.

"I think like any other call that you make you say, 'Boy I'd like to have that one to do over again.' You feel like you could do it better, but you just hope  that it stands the test of time," Murphy said.