Murphy, Michael Charles
- Adam R. Hornbuckle
Murphy, Michael Charles (26 February 1861–04 June 1913), athletic trainer and track and field coach, was born in Westboro, Massachusetts; little is known about his parents and his early life, except that he was educated in the local primary and secondary schools in Westboro. After finishing high school, Murphy joined the volunteer fire department. As a fireman he demonstrated great athletic ability, especially running speed and endurance. In the late 1870s he profited from these skills in track and field as a sprinter and as a long distance walker in six-day pedestrian contests. Murphy also played on local minor league baseball teams and fought in bareknuckle prize fights....