One of the founders of the Maine tradition in Fordham University football greatness, Jim Murphy was first a three-sport paragon at Biddeford High School under beloved molder of teams and men, Steve White.
The strapping Mill City product starred for three years as Fordham tailback under another legend, Frank Cavanaugh, the unforgettable Iron Major of Dartmouth and Boston College coaching renown prior to the transfer of his magic to Rose Hill.
Captain of the 1931 Rams, Murphy was a repeat All-East choice and also gained some All-American recognition. He played for the East in the Shrine Game.
He was picked at left halfback on the All-Time Fordham Eleven.
Jim returned to his alma mater as Cavanaugh's assistant in 1932, later joined the New York City Fire Department where he served 20 years until retirement.
He then came back to Maine and his old environs, specifically in a teaching position at Old Orchard Beach High.
And soon he was also serving as sage assistant to successful OOB football coach Joe Regina.
Retiring from teaching-coaching in 1973, Jim still comes back to the Beach in the summer months from his winter sojourns in Florida.
Murphy and his wife Mary, from Old Orchard Beach, have a son James, Jr., and two daughters, Alice and Patricia.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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Cumberland, ME 04021
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.