Fred T. Murphy

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Fred T. Murphy
Yale Bulldogs
Position Tackle
Class Graduate
Career history
College Yale University (1893–1896)
Personal information
Date of birth (1872-10-23)October 23, 1872
Place of birth Detroit, Michigan
Date of death January 10, 1948(1948-01-10) (aged 75)
Place of death Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Career highlights and awards

Fred Towsley Murphy (October 23, 1872 – January 10, 1948) was an American football and baseball player and physician. He played college football at Yale University from 1893 to 1896. He was named to the 1895 College Football All-America Team and the 1896 College Football All-America Team as a tackle.

Playing career[edit]

Murphy attended Yale University where he played tackle for the school's football team. He was selected as an All-American at that position in 1895. In 1894, Murphy was injured in the Harvard–Yale football game that became known as the "Hampden Park Blood Bath." The game had become increasingly brutal with the introduction of mass formation. In the 1894 game, four players on each team suffered serious injuries, resulting in the cancellation of the football rivalry between the two schools. Murphy was left unconscious for five hours in a hospital as a result of the beating he took in the game.[1]

In addition to football, he also played on the Yale baseball team during his junior year. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in 1897.[2]


  1. ^ Nelson, David M. The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game. p. 74. 
  2. ^ "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Year 1947–1948" (PDF). Bulletin of Yale University: 43–44. January 1, 1949. Retrieved December 28, 2013.