Jack Murphy was a mover and shaker in San Diego’s sports activities world. His statue as soon as greeted followers exiting the trolley on the important entrance of “the Murph,” a nickname hooked up to former Qualcomm Stadium.
Now you possibly can see the statue of the veteran sports activities editor and columnist together with his canine Abe loyally at his facet exterior of the brand new Snapdragon Stadium, wanting north in direction of Los Angeles. That’s becoming as a result of he performed a key position in convincing the Los Angeles Chargers to maneuver south to San Diego. Some say if he was nonetheless alive, they could nonetheless be on the town.
He has an intensive checklist of contributions to San Diego’s sports activities legacy. Longtime followers would possibly effectively label him the Tony Gwynn of San Diego’s sports activities reporters. He was that vital to town’s sports activities profile.
Prompted by a current column written by Kirk Kenny, a sports activities author at Murphy’s outdated stomping grounds, the San Diego Union-Tribune, I went to see the statue at its new residence.
The Snapdragon is bustling with the various issues wanted to have the stadium prepared for its upcoming debut. I requested safety and building folks in the event that they knew the place the Jack Murphy statue was. They by no means heard of him. That’s comprehensible. maybe, as he handed in 1980 on the age of 57.
I ultimately discovered Jack and Abe and famous that the bottom round them seems completed, with plantings, mulch and a plaque.
However the plaque solely lists the names of the well-connected of us liable for creation of the statue in 2003. Nowhere can one discover something figuring out who Murphy was, who the canine was, and why there’s a statue within the first place.
I requested San Diego State College if there are any plans to put the unique plaque describing Murphy’s accomplishments. Jamie McConeghy at SDSU Athletics informed me “the statue and plaque are accomplished as is.”
So the plaque acknowledging the contributors is there however nothing describing Murphy’s contributions. I requested if it might ultimately seem on the web site, however McConeghy stated, “there are not any plans for a bio as of proper now.”
He did say the statue stands the place the media will enter the stadium. Hopefully followers arriving by means of the identical gate will take a minute and do a Google search to search out out extra in regards to the man with the canine.
In the event that they do, they’ll see how Murphy performed a key position in bringing the Padres to city as effectively. He was a robust affect in San Diego, spending 29 years in entrance of a typewriter, banging out columns that did a lot to lift town’s sports activities profile.
Because of his encouragement of voters, San Diego Stadium was constructed and later renamed Jack Murphy Stadium. Then it grew to become Qualcomm Stadium. Now the world is residence to Snapdragon Stadium.
His legacy is unchallenged, however for now his statue will stay a thriller to passing followers.
JW August is a San Diego-based broadcast and digital journalist.