Year Inducted: 2008
Brian Cleland Murphy may seem to be the “natural Athlete”. He was an outstanding skater, a tall lanky pitcher, a good hitter, intelligent and coachable. But he also was a hard worker and a leader – qualities that make him a stellar athlete. He led or helped lead teams to several championships while playing travel hockey in the Port Huron Minor Hockey Association. He went on to play four years of varsity hockey at Port Huron Northern High School. In high school he also played varsity football two years and varsity baseball for four years. He was named Hockey Player of the Year by the Times Herald in 1994. In his senior year at Port Huron Northern he was MVP of the baseball team with a .393 batting average, five triples, 33 RBIs and 35 hits (led each). His pitching record was 5-4 with a 1.79 ERA. He was named to the first team All-Macomb Area Conference (Red Division) team and was named to the All-State team. He was named Male Athlete of the Year in 1994 by the Times Herald, the year he graduated.
He received a scholarship to pitch at Michigan State University where he was named first team All-Big 10 as a sophomore and second team as a senior playing four varsity seasons. He ranked among all-time leaders in strikeouts and innings pitched at Michigan State University.
Brian played for 2+ years in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, retiring in 2000 to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.