Robert “Bob” Murphy has served as President of the Dayton Dragons since the organization’s inception in 1999 and has worked in sports management since 1995.
He received his undergraduate degree in communications and media arts from Buffalo State College and received his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Murphy was named Executive of the Year by the Midwest League in the years 2000 and 2011. In 2000, Bob was named to Dayton Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in Business.
In 2005, Murphy was named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by the longstanding national sports publication, The Sporting News. In 2013, Murphy was awarded the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Everest Award honoring leaders and legends on the I-75 Growth Corridor. Murphy was selected as Minor League Baseball’s national “Executive of the Year” by Baseball America. The award is presented annually to one individual from among all executives in 16 leagues and 190 teams across Minor League Baseball.
In 2019, Murphy was selected as the Ballpark Digest “Executive of the Year.” The 2019 Executive of the Year Award from Ballpark Digest recognized Murphy’s role in setting the tone for the Dragons success including the longest sellout streak in professional sports history and a strong slate of community programs. That same year, Murphy was also selected as the Dayton Business Journal “Executive of the Year.” Murphy was also inducted into the Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame.
In 2022, Murphy was inducted into the Dayton Business Hall of Fame, an honorary group created by _Dayton Magazine _to recognize the rich tradition of success and civic involvement of individuals in the region’s business community. The Dayton Business Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made a lasting contribution to the community in economic, cultural and civic endeavors.
Under Murphy’s leadership, the Dayton Dragons organization set and surpassed numerous milestones. Among the accomplishments are selling out every Dayton Dragons game since the team’s inception in the year 2000; and on July 9, 2011, breaking the all-time record for most consecutive home game sellouts when they sold out their 815th consecutive game, topping the 18-year-old record set by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.
In addition, the organization has received several awards during its existence including being honored by the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs as the winner of the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy in the years 2001, 2011 & 2012. The annual award honors the individual or club that best exemplifies the standards of the complete baseball franchise. In 2012 the Dragons were also awarded Minor League Baseball’s John H. Johnson President’s Award which honors the complete baseball franchise, the top honor bestowed by Minor League Baseball.
March 19, 2012 the Dayton Dragons were named as one of five finalists for the SportsBusiness Journal Professional Sports Team of the Year Award. The Dragons are the first minor league team from any sport to be selected as a finalist for the award. The award honors a sports franchise based on an evaluation of “excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes.”
The Dayton Dragons were selected as the Miami Valley’s “Customer Service Business of the Year” by the Dayton Business Journal in 2018 and 2019. Since inception, the Dragons have maintained a culture of unsurpassed customer service. Also, the Dayton Dragons were honored in 2019 with the Eclipse Integrity Award from the BBB. The BBB’s Eclipse Integrity Awards are presented to organizations demonstrating significant, unique, and continuous commitment to trust and fair play in the marketplace and in day-to-day living.
Bob and his wife, Kathy, are especially proud of their three children, Kaitlin, Michael, and Colleen.