NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Gene Murphy, a former LSU basketball and baseball letterman, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.
Nicknamed "Spider", Murphy played basketball for Coach Harry Rabenhorst 1948-51 and lettered in baseball in 1948, '49 and '51.
The New Albany native was named All-SEC Tournament in basketball in 1949. He scored 679 points in his career, highlighted by averages of 10.6 points per game in 1950 and 9.6 points in 1951. His highlight was a 29-point road effort against Southern California on Dec. 28, 1950.
Murphy was part of a group of New Albany players that came to LSU to play for Rabenhorst during that time period, including Bobby Meador and Joe Dean.
In baseball, as catcher he led the team in doubles in 1948 and led the team in batting in 1951 with a.390 average. His baseball coach was also the legendary LSU Hall of Famer, Harry Rabenhorst.
Murphy was a New Albany native and graduate of New Albany High School. After graduating from LSU, he served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a teacher and coach for 37 years at Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville serving as dean of students for many of those years. He was a member of the Providence High School Booster Club, the LSU Alumni Association and Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Murphy; four sons, Mike Murphy and his wife, Giselle, of LaPlace, La.; Patrick Murphy and his wife, Carol; Timothy Murphy; and, Thomas Murphy and his wife, Angela, all of New Albany; and, 11 grandchildren.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Our Lady of Providence High School.