Charles M. "Bubber" Murphy Papers

Bubber Murphy

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Title: Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers

Dates: 1935-1994 (Bulk: 1935-1965)

Creator: Charles Murphy

Summary/Abstract: The Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers include materials relating to Murphy’s time as an athlete and coach at Middle Tennessee State Teachers College.

Quantity/Physical Description:  1.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Acquisition: Deed of Gift pending.

Processed By: Original processor undetermined; re-processing and finding aid updated by Natalie Goodwin, G.A., February 2011.

Arrangement: The Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers are arranged into three series: (I) Subject Files, (II) Scrapbook, and (III) Ephemera.  Series I is arranged in nine folders and contain correspondence, newspaper articles, programs, and MTSTC football schedules.  Each folder also gives the date ranges for the material within.  Series II includes a scrapbook, and series III includes a scrapbook cover and a desktop penholder. The papers also include two boxes of Murphy’s photographs housed with other photograph collections.  

Biographical Note: Horace Jones, a math professor and Hall of Famer, recruited Charles "Bubber" Murphy to play sports at Middle Tennessee State Teachers College in 1934.  Competing brilliantly in four sports (football, baseball, basketball, and tennis), Murphy sometimes reportedly finished football practice then dropped by the tennis court to defeat all opponents. After graduation, he signed with the New York Giants and also played baseball in the military during World War II. 
Murphy returned to Middle Tennessee in 1947 as a coach, and the American Football Coaches Association named him national Coach of the Year in 1965.  Murphy also served as the university’s athletic director from 1968 to 1980.  MTSU inducted him into their Raider Hall of Fame in 1976.  The Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center opened in 1972 and was dedicated in his honor.

Scope and Content: The Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers include correspondence, newspaper articles, sports programs, and a scrapbook.  Also included are Naval Records documenting Murphy’s time in the Navy.  The correspondence, newspaper articles, programs and Navy records are located in box 1. Box 2 contains the scrapbook.  Box 3 houses the ephemera which includes an inscribed scrapbook cover and a 1964 Ohio Valley Conference Championship desktop penholder inscribed with Murphy’s name.        

Associated Materials: The papers also include two boxes of Coach Murphy’s photographs. They are currently housed with other photograph collections at the Albert Gore Research Center.

Related Collections: MT Athletics Collection; Q.M. Smith Oral History Collection: Charles and Leona Murphy, QM 1995.42-QM 1995.44

Subject Terms

Persons

Murphy, Charles “Bubber”

Places

Middle Tennessee State Teacher’s College, Orlando

Subjects (General)

Sports Hall of Fame

Tangerine Bowl

Material Types

Correspondence

Newspaper articles

Scrapbook

Desktop penholder


Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Subject Files

Articles: Murphy-related articles extracted from University publications; 1935-1980s

1

2

Subject Files

Correspondence: Letters and Telegrams to Murphy 1966-1981, undated

1

3

Subject Files

Naval records, U.S.: Documentation related to Murphy’s Naval Service, 1943-1954

1

4

Subject Files

Newspaper Clippings: Photocopied clippings relating to Murphy’s tributes, honors, 1968-1994, undated

1

5

Subject Files

Programs from appreciation banquets, Tangerine Bowl, Murphy Center Dedication, 1961-1985 

1

6

Subject Files

Raider/Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame: Programs, correspondence, news clippings regarding Murphy’s induction, 1976

1

7

Subject Files

Schedule, MTSTC Football: Photocopy of 1955 MTSTC Football Schedule

1

8

Subject Files

Tangerine Bowl: Orlando Sentinel newspaper coverage of Tangerine Bowl, 1961

1

9

Subject Files

Miscellaneous: Drawings and Poem, no date

2

N/A

Scrapbook

Documents Murphy’s State Teacher’s College Athletic Career; 1935-1938

2

1

Scrapbook0

Loose pieces from Scrapbook

3

N/A

Ephemera

Inscribed Scrapbook Cover and a 1964 Ohio Valley Conference desktop penholder

Photographs with the Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers:

Below are thumbnail images for all of the photos included with the Charles M. “Bubber” Murphy Papers. These images are also available to the public for in-house use at the Albert Gore Research Center. Images are arranged by image number both in the Research Center’s database and in this finding aid.

Scanned reproductions: To obtain a scanned copy of the image, please provide the Research Center staff with the image number. There are additional fees for reproduction of images. Please ask our staff for a copy of the fee schedule. 

 

 

Image Number

Image

Description

1

Back of the photograph identifies this football player as Everett MacIntyre, 1936-37

2

Football player

3

Back of the photograph identifies the player as Capt. Miles Baskin, 1936, SIAA Championship, Tennessee.

4

Back of the photograph identifies this as Granville Waggoner

5

Identified as Joe Troop.

6

Identified as Robert Seay.

7

Unidentified football player

8

Identified as Todd Jackson.

9

Unidentified football player.

10

Identified as Robert Bass

11

Photograph taken at Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona, July 1942. Men identified as Murphy, “Cotton” Clark, and Ray Standley.

12

Murphy with an unidentified woman in El Paso, Texas.

13

Murphy’s baby picture, 6 months old.

14

Murphy shaking hands with another man. The other man is holding a Ray Neal Memorial award.

15

Murphy standing with four unidentified men.

16

Murphy with two women at the Raider Hall of Fame induction.

17

Murphy with an unidentified woman at the Raider Hall of Fame induction.

18

Coach Earle’s Appreciation Banquet (Retirement from coaching) April 26, 1979; Left to right: Monte Hale, Larry Haynes, Coach Murphy, Coach Earle, President Ingram, Dr. Ezell

19

Coach of the Year award given to Murphy. Murphy and a commissioner whose name is illegibly written on the back of the photograph.

20

Murphy, Robert Turner (middle) , and an unidentified man (far left). Robert Turner is holding an award that he received.

21

Group of men talking.

22

Murphy in a Seabees jersey.

23

Murphy Center Dedication. Same as Murphy 026 and Murphy 029.

24

Murphy and his wife

25

Raider Hall of Fame, 1976. Murphy (left), Horace Jones (center), Teddy Morris (right)

26

Murphy Center Dedication. Same as Murphy 023 and Murphy 029.

27

Murphy Center Dedication. Chancellor C.C. Humphreys, speaker for the dedication, unveils picture for Murphy Center.

28

Murphy Center Dedication. O.L. Freeman, “Bubber” Murphy, Horace Jones, and Bob Jones. The girl with her back turned is Deborah Jewell. She is presenting her handmade plaque to Murphy.

29

Murphy Center Dedication. “Bubber” gave a speech. Dr. Howard Kirksey, President Scarlett, Dr. C.C. Humphreys, Mrs. Murphy, and Dr. Q.M. Smith were also present. This photograph is the same as Murphy 023 and Murphy 026.

30

Murphy Center Dedication. Honor Corridor of former Murphy athletes. 1973

31

Murphy Center Dedication, Congratulations by Jess Neely, former coach of Rice University and Emeritus Athletic Director at Vanderbilt; Western Kentucky Athletic Director Johnny Oldham is at right.

32

Murphy Center Dedication, Coach Murphy, his wife, and other friends.

33

Murphy Center Dedication. Coach Murphy, Mrs. Murphy, Dr. Humphreys, and Dr. Ezell. Photograph has been cut in half.

34

Night of the Murphy Center Dedication. Murphy with wife and two sons.

35

Coach Murphy and the Vice President of Kodak Eastman. Photograph comes with a slip of paper that states, “Washington, D.C., Jan. 13 – Charles Murphy Middle Tennessee State University football coach, receives Kodak’s small college Coach-of-the-Year Nominee Medallion from Gerald B. Zornow, Kodak vice president, at American Football Coaches Association convention today. Murphy was among eight nominees for the award won by Jack Curtice, U. of Calif. At Santa Barbara, in balloting by the coaches.” 1965

36

Coach Murphy, wife, and son standing in front of a Buick.

37

Murphy playing baseball with the New York Giants.

38

Unidentified football player.

39

Norman Smith. Written at the bottom of the photograph is “To Charles Murphy my friend and shipmate Norman M Smith.”

40

Unidentified football player

41

Charles Murphy in a group photograph at MTSU

42

Two football players on the field.

43

MTSU Ohio Valley Conference Champions Tangerine Bowl Champions (1960) Football players holding tangerines.

44

Teddy Morris, Jackie Page, Charlie Rice, and George Dyher.

45

MTSC football game

46

MTSC football game

47

Coach Murphy with two football players.

48

MTSU Victory over APSU, 1965

49

Coach Murphy and three football players.

50

Coach Murphy and three football players.

51

Teddy Morris, George Dyher, and Teddy’s wife Sandra

52

Football players holding tangerines.

53

Aerial view of MTSU’s football field.

54

Back of the photograph states, “Looking over the program for MTSC’s big homecoming game for Saturday is Carolyn Ball (Chattanooga) Homecoming Queen, Head Coach Charles M. Murphy, and the Blue Raider Captains Joe Drennan (Nashville), Wayne Winters (Joelton), and Billy Joe Evans (Lynchburg). Drennan will miss the game with a sprained ankle.”

55

Blue Raider Seniors: Rice, Evans, Winters, Matusek, Drennan

56

Director Murphy, John Jayhayes, Don Lear, Dr. Deere, Terry Bailet.

57

Quill Cope and two football players holding a trophy.

58

Unidentified

59

Unidentified football player.

60

Terry Sweeney, MTSC Fullback

61

George Dykes, MTSC All-American End

62

Football player

63

Dedication of Alumni Memorial Gym, Sept. 1951. Radio Announcers Ray Duffy and John Hood with Coaches Greer, Hayes, Patty, Charles Murphy, Riel, and Little.

64

Left to right: Joe Little, Line Coach; Durwood Stowe, Backfield Coach; Elfort Patty, End Coach; Charles Murphy, Head Coach

65

Raider Hall of Fame Induction. Coach Murphy and his wife.

66

Basketball game at Murphy Center.

67

Commandants Trophy, Sept.
7, 1944 . Charles Murphy and
the Seabees.

68

Charles Murphy and baseball players.

69

MTSU-Austin Peay Game, 1965.

70

TSSAA State Tournament, 1984. Charles Murphy and an unidentified man.

71

Coach Murphy and the MTSC basketball team. Celebrating the IPI Victory, 1949.

72

Varsity Basketball Squad. Sitting: Coach Johnny “Red” Floyd, Campbell, Bennett, Bass, Smitherman, and Murphy. Standing: McGehee, Gwaltney, Taylor, Green, Miller, Cornwell, and Puckett.

73

Charles Murphy in a Seabees baseball uniform.

74

Charles Murphy. Back of the photograph states, “Fort Smith, Arkansas Western Association”

75

Blue Raider Hall of Fame. Charles Murphy

76

Three men in military uniforms

77

Charles Murphy accepting Commandants Trophy Sept. 7, 1944

78

Charles Murphy with the Commandants Trophy, Sept. 7, 1944. Other two men are unidentified.

79

Murphy playing baseball in the military.

80

Charles Murphy and other MTSU coaches. Back of photograph states it is the second undefeated game, 1965.

81

Unidentified football player

82

Unidentified football player

83

Charles Murphy

84

Charles Murphy playing baseball at the military camp

85

Charles Murphy, football players, and students at the Tangerine Bowl.

86

MTSU vs. Tennessee Tech, 1950. Football players carrying Murphy.

87

Charles Murphy

88

Commissioner Vanetta presenting trophy for OVC co-basketball champions, 1977-78.

89


Charles Murphy in his Navy uniform. Same as Image 110

90

Charles Murphy at MTSU

91

Charles Murphy on the football field at MTSU

92

Charles Murphy shaking hands with Navy recruits

93

Murphy and the Seabees holding Commandants Trophy.  Baseball championship, 12th Naval District, Camp Park, Sept. 7, 1944.

94

Commandants Trophy for baseball championship Sept. 7, 1944.

95a

Commandants Trophy, Sept. 7, 1944. Charles Murphy and Captain Wilson, USN. Images 95a and 95b were originally stored in the same envelope, but have been placed in separate envelopes for conservation purposes.

95b

Two news clippings, dated February 4, 1944 and February 16, 1945. They are from the Navy’s Camp Parks Log paper, and relate to Charles Murphy and the Seabees’ winning the All-Sports trophy.  Images 95a and 95b were originally stored in the same envelope, but have been placed in separate envelopes for conservation purposes.

96

Charles Murphy in his cap and gown.

97

Charles Murphy with girls’ basketball team.

98

Keith Atchley and Charles Murphy at the Murphy Center Dedication

99

Charles Murphy and Chancellor Sonny Humphrey presenting picture of Charles Murphy for the lobby of the Murphy Center. Murphy Center Dedication.

100

Charles Murphy and three women walking past a building.

101

Coaches Charles Murphy and Art Snipe (?) Vanderbilt game

102a

Alumni Reunion, 1988. 50th Reunion Class. 102a and 102b were originally in the same folder, but they have been separated for conservation purposes. 

102b

Note naming each of the people in the Alumni Reunion photograph (102a); 102a and 102b were originally in the same folder, but they have been separated for conservation purposes. 

103

Unidentified football player

104

Castner Knott Co. basketball team.

105

Photograph signed, “To Bubber: with many thanks for your help in Tucson. Sincerely, Don Terry” 1943

106

Navy commanding officer whispering in a Navy Seabees’ ear.

107

Charles Murphy at a ceremony accepting the Commandant Trophy for the Seabees All- Sports win, Sept. 7, 1944. Camp Parks

108

Seabees playing basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters, 1944.

109

Baseball Championship, 12th Naval District.

110

Charles Murphy in his Navy uniform. Same as image 089.

111

Charlie Murphy, 1943

112

Charles Murphy with the Commandants Trophy

113

Charles Murphy playing baseball for the Navy Seabees.

114

Commandants Quarters. Ceremony celebrating the All-Sports Championship, Sept. 7, 1944

115

Camp Parks boxing team

116

Charles Murphy at the MTSU football field

117

MTSU football players

118

Dr. Madison Dill, John Bragg, and Charles Murphy

119

Charles Murphy and his wife, Murphy Center Dedication

120

Charles Murphy and his wife getting into a Buick, Murphy Center Dedication

121

Charles Murphy putting keys in his pocket and sitting in Buick.

122

Aerial view of MTSU

123

Charles Murphy, with his wife and students at the induction ceremony for the Sports Hall of Fame

124

Sports Hall of Fame; top row: Billy Murphy, Emmett Strickland, Joe Davis; bottom row: Tom Silar, Terry Oman, Charles Murphy

125

Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony

126

Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony

127

Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony

128

Charles Murphy being honored at the Sports Hall of Fame

129

Field Day at Wilson Field, Aug. 13, 1944

130

MTSC basketball team, 1949-50

DB 6/27/2014