Herbert Murphy walked-on as a baseball player at Lipscomb and started four years. He then spent his time in the teaching world from high schools to prisons. This week he talked with lipscombsports.com about his time at Lipscomb and where he is now.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played baseball, I was a walk-on and started four years from 1954-1958. My coaches were Elvis Sherrill and Charlie Morris. I was a catcher. The high school I attended didn’t have a team so I played country ball.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“The association with my teammates while I played ball.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“I just tried to be the best I could be. My biggest influence was “Fessor” Boyce at Lipscomb.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Just the atmosphere of Christian education.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Jennie Pittie Brown was also my English teacher. You always had to be ready when you walked into her class.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I started teaching in the high school from 58-68. Then I went on to the Tennessee Department of Education and after that I worked at the prison for 15 years. I taught men on death row, and helped 26 men get a GED and helped some of them get off death row. One man I taught was James Earl Ray. I also officiated high school football for 41 years, and college for 20 years.”
Tell us about your family
“I have four children. My two oldest are RNs that graduated from Vanderbilt, Cindy and Mandy. My third daughter, Linda, went to Lipscomb and is a teacher. I have a son Chip that graduated from Vanderbilt who is a medical engineer, and also wrote several books. I have three granddaughters and a grandson.”