John Robert Murff
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 195 lb.
- School Gettysburg College
- High School Rosebud High School
- Debut April 21, 1956
- Final Game May 30, 1957
- Born April 1, 1921 in Burlington, TX USA
- Died November 28, 2008 in Tyler, TX USA
After managing the 1960 Jacksonville (FL) Braves, he went on to a distinguished career as a scout for the Houston Colt .45s (1962), New York Mets (1963-1968), Montreal Expos (1969-1986), and Atlanta Braves (1987-1991). He gave Phil Niekro the confidence to use his knuckleball in game situations. He discovered Nolan Ryan's natural ability while Ryan was still a junior in high school and signed Ryan for the Mets.
Ryan mentioned his friendship with Murff in his 1999 Hall of Fame induction speech, saying, "Red Murff, the scout that signed me for the Mets, is here with us today, and I am proud to say that Red is a friend and that Red took more of an interest in me at an early age. He thought when he saw me at 6'2" and 140, he wasn't discouraged by my build and by the way I threw the baseball as many other scouts were. And I appreciate the fact that Red spent so much time with me and worked to help me become a better pitcher. Thank you, Red."
On June 8, 1951, while pitching for the Texas City Texans, Murff pitched a no-hitter against the Harlingen Capitals. On July 15, 1952, Murff pitched 19 2/3 innings of a 20-inning game. Unfortunately, he was the losing pitcher when the Tyler East Texans lost to the Texarkana Bears, 3-2.
- 1955 Minor League Player of the Year, Dallas Eagles, Texas League
- 1955 Pitcher of the Year Texas League, Dallas Eagles
- Michael J. Bielawa: "Red Murff", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 135-137. ISBN 978-1933599717