Stretch Murphy
Personal information
Born(1907-04-10)April 10, 1907
Marion, Indiana
DiedAugust 17, 1992(1992-08-17) (aged 85)
Tampa, Florida
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolMarion (Marion, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1926–1930)
Playing career1930–1934
Career history
1930Chicago Bruins
1932–1934Indianapolis Kautskys
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Charles Carroll "Stretch" Murphy (April 10, 1907 – August 17, 1992) was an American basketball player.

He played competitive basketball at Marion High School (1922–26), located in Marion, Indiana. The All-State player led his school to the Indiana state championship in 1926 during his senior year. He was recruited by men's head coach, Ward Lambert, at Purdue University, where he played for four seasons (1926–1930). Teaming with fellow Hall of Famer John Wooden and co-captain Glen Harmeson, Murphy led the Boilers to the Big 10 championship in 1930 after an undefeated season in conference play (10-0). He set a new Big 10 scoring record for a season in 1929 with 143 points and led Purdue to a 53-13 overall record during his tenure. Murphy was named a Consensus All-American in both his junior and senior years and to the All-time All-American team. After graduating from Purdue, Murphy played for the American Basketball League's Chicago Bruins and the independent Indianapolis Kautskys.

Murphy was one of the game's first true big men. At 6'6" (1.98 m), he was an insurmountable force on both ends of the court. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1963.

Murphy died on August 17, 1992 at age 85.[1]


  1. ^ "'Stretch' Murphy, Hall of Fame basketball star, dies at age 85". Tampa Tribune. August 19, 1992. p. 11. Retrieved August 17, 2020 – via open access