The Florida State League has lost a legendary figure.
Laura “Emo” Murphy, wife of FSL president Chuck Murphy, recently passed away at the age of 84 after suffering a massive stroke.
She helped her husband run the FSL and also helped him run the Evansville Triplets in his role as their general manager from 1977 to 1984.
“I was deeply saddened when I heard of the sudden passing of Emo,” stated Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner. “She was a wonderful, sweet and genuine woman who will be missed by everyone whose life she impacted. Emo was an integral part of the resurgence of the Florida State League. One of her many duties included assisting her husband, Chuck, with the operation of the league. Our hearts and prayers go out to Chuck, their daughter, Laura, and the entire Murphy family during this difficult time.”
Emo always kept a scorebook when attending games with Chuck, her husband of 53 years. She is the lone female in the FSL Hall of Fame – having been inducted in 2011.
The Trips left Evansville for Nashville after the ’84 season. The Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate then became the Nashville Sounds.