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Murphy legacy comes full circle

Baseball

Newport Harbor High Coach who played in Little League World Series, will watch son vie in Bronco version.

July 31, 2013|By Barry Faulkner
  • Patrick Murphy, left, the Newport Harbor High baseball coach, is excited for his son (not pictured), who will begin play in the Bronco World Series Thursday.
Patrick Murphy, left, the Newport Harbor High baseball… (KYLE BURLINGTON )

This is the traditional dead period for high school sports, during which players and coaches get a chance to leave their respective sports behind to pursue other interests.

But baseball is never truly left behind in the Patrick Murphy household, and the Newport Harbor High Coach is preparing to watch his 12-year-old son, Braden, compete for Los Alamitos Youth Baseball Bronco Division All-Stars in the Bronco World Series, beginning Thursday night in Los Alamitos.

Los Alamitos received its bid by hosting the World Series and will open the double-elimination bracket against North Carolina on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.. The event represents the end of a monumental baseball summer for the Murphy family. It also brings the elder Murphy full circle with his youth baseball experience.

"I played shortstop in the Little League World Series and Braden will play shortstop in the Bronco World Series on Thursday," said Patrick Murphy, who was a leading contributor to the Cypress Little League squad that reached the United States championship game in Williamsport, Pa. in 1990.

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"It has definitely gone full circle," said Patrick Murphy, who noted that he reflects back upon his World Series experience often.

"It has been 23 summers and that group of [Cypress Little League] kids that went on that journey with me are still today, people that I depend on as good friends of mine," said Patrick Murphy, who lives in the same Cypress neighborhood in which he grew up. "A lot of them are still in the community. One of my best friends from that team was just in town last week from Texas. Our families went out to dinner together and we took pictures. It has been 23 years and we still have such an affection for each other, because of that [World Series] experience we went through together. It has been so exciting to see my son be a part of this, knowing that he might have that same relationship with these guys down the road."

Most of the Los Alamitos Bronco All-Stars roster includes players who play for BOLD, a fall travel ball team coached by Patrick Murphy in all four years of its existence. BOLD is an acronym for Boys Out Living a Dream, Murphy said.

That dream included a memorable trip earlier this summer to a tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., site of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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