Charles Murphy (baseball)
Murphy in 1908
|Born||Charles Webb Murphy
January 22, 1868
Wilmington, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||October 16, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||American baseball team owner|
Originally a sportswriter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Times-Star, Murphy joined the New York Giants front office in 1905. After the 1905 season, Murphy purchased the Cubs from Jim Hart, in a bid financed by a loan from Charles Phelps Taft, owner of the Enquirer. Murphy repaid the loan in full with the profits from the 1906 season.
It was under Murphy's ownership that the Cubs won the franchise's only two World Series titles before 2016, in 1907 and 1908. After several years as Cubs owner, Murphy became a disliked figure amongst other owners in the National League, the press, and his players. He sold the Cubs to Charles Phelps Taft after the 1913 season.
Murphy died in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 63.