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Jack Raymond Murphy, Jr.
Jack Murphy was a sportswriter and editor for the San Diego Tribune from 1951 to 1980. His columns helped convince San Diego leaders to build San Diego Stadium in 1965. The new stadium helped bring the Padres to town in 1968.
After his death from cancer in 1980, San Diego Stadium was renamed San Diego/Jack Murphy Stadium. Locals called it "the Murph". Murphy's name remained on the stadium until 1997 when Qualcomm bought the naming rights.
Jack Murphy's brother was Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy.