Friday, April 10, 2009

Murph's Team Record

Fred & Jim:

Here's the information I gathered on Murph's overall record shortly after his death. I had to rely on several people to gather the information for me, and while I'm reasonably certain it's correct, may I suggest you contact Donna Christian at the main branch of the Toledo Public Library. She advised that she has all yearbooks from DeVilbiss, except the one from the year the school closed. The reason I say that, is Murph's obituary states that his record as head coach was 78 wins - 8 losses - 4 ties. I didn't get the same numbers, as I counted 56 wins - 12 losses - 5 ties, which is a pretty vast difference. hope this helps.
-- Ron Thompson

1951 season - This appears to be Coach Murphy's first season as head coach.. 5 wins, 4 losses , 1 tie.

1952 season - Murph's second season. Tom Inman coached the backs and Dave Hardy was the line coach Their record was 6 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. Libby was crowned City League champions.

1953 season - The Tiger record was 10 wins, 0 losses and 0 ties. They were uted city champs and ranked #6 in the State by the Associated Press (AP).

1954 season - Record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. City champs for the second time, and #18 in the state according to AP.

1955 season - Record 10-0-0. The Tigers were City Champs for the third straight year, and once again #6 in the State rankings.

1956 season - Record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Although the City championship was awarded to Waite High School, the Tigers nevertheless were still ranked #16 in the state.

1957 season - The Tigers again went undefeated, by going 11-0 for the 1957 season, were again city champs and reached #3 in the state behind #1 Cleveland Benedictine and # 2 Massillon. Dan Kwiatkowski was named first team all state as a defensive halfback.

As head coach at DeVilbiss, Murph had a very impressive record of 56 wins - 12 losses and 5 ties. They were City champs four times during Murph's seven year tenure, and achieved state ranking in five of those six years.

-- Ron Thompson DHS 1960

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