Murphy began his career as a starter for the Angels and was 16-13, 4.24 in 1970 on
the only winning team California had during his tenure. The Brewers switched him
to relief in 1974, and he had two 20-save seasons (second in the AL in '74 and third
in '75) but his nine relief losses in 1975 led the league. He was traded with Bobby
Darwin to the Red Sox for Bernie Carbo in the mid-1976 deal that led Bill Lee to
leave the Red Sox in protest.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 16, 1969: In the first inning against the Angels' Tom Murphy, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva pull off a double steal of 2B and 3B. On the next pitch the two pull off another double steal, Carew's 6th swipe of home on the year to tie the American League record. The Twins run to an 8–2 win over the Angels.