A bonus player signed by the Reds out of Northwestern, he seemed to be hitting his
stride until mumps laid him low in 1960. Ineffective the next year, he was acquired
by the expansion Mets in 1962 and pitched the first game won by the team (after they'd
lost their first nine). After receiving his masters degree in thermodynamics, he
retired at twenty-eight to take a job with Chrysler.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 14, 1960:
The Cubs sign Danvars, Mass. high school superstar Danny Murphy (.489: 11-0) to a $130,000 contract, making him the highest paid player of the bonus era so far. In four days, the 17-year-old will start in the outfield at Crosley Field when The Reds Jay Hook stops the Cubs and Keith Morehead, 7–1. Murphy will hit just .120 this year and after three seasons drop to the minors. He'll resurface as a pitcher with the White Sox in 1969, one of the few players to make the majors as a position player and pitcher.
»September 20, 1960:
In Milwaukee, Jay Hook gives up just two hits as the Reds win, 8–0, and chill the Braves pennant hopes.