Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Johnny "Moe" Murphy
September 13, 1924
January 29, 2003
1939-40 Simon Gratz High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1940-41 Simon Gratz High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Simon Gratz High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia Warriors (BAA)
1946-47 New York Knicks (BAA)
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (EPBL)
1948-49 Birmingham Steelers (SPBL)
Born to John and Catherine Murphy in Philadelphia, Murphy starred on the court and on the baseball diamond at Simon Gratz HS and entered the U.S. Army after graduating, stationed at Fort Bragg. He played with the Bombers before joining up with the Warriors. He was traded to the Knicks in mid-season.
Murphy returned to the ABL in the next season, playing with the Lancaster club (while also playing with the Lancaster club in the Eastern League. According to his obituary, he then played for the SPHA's and the Stars in Philadelphia before quitting the game. He worked at a bakery for many years, and died in 2003.
He married Estelle Polaski and they had one son, John Jr.
Philadelphia Daily News, January 31, 2003