As Joan Murphy’s 90-year-old father drifted in and out of sleep on his death bed 11 years ago, he tilted his head and uttered his final words.
“Bye-bye, baby,” he said, voicing the late Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges’ famous home run call.
“Did he really just say that?” Murphy, 65, thought aloud at the time.
Murphy’s dad raised her as a Giants fan, taking her to games since the team first came to San Francisco and played at Seals Stadium.
“As a child, he showed me how to watch the game,” she said. “He got me hooked. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
After emerging victorious in The San Francisco Examiner’s Write the Wrap contest, Murphy said, “My dad … he’d be so proud of me.”
Amid hundreds of entries, Murphy’s “Repeat the feat” headline nailed top honors, earning her a pair of home-opener tickets with her rally cry gracing today’s edition of The Examiner.
It started when Murphy’s husband of 43 years, Dan, walked into their San Francisco home with a copy of The Examiner showcasing the contest.
“Oh, gee, that’s an easy one: ‘Repeat the feat,’” she said.
“Quick,” Dan said, “send it in. You just won.”
Murphy’s headline was submitted by four other people, but because the third-generation San
Franciscan sent hers in first, she won.
More than 1,700 people voted online for the 10 finalists. Murphy’s entry beat out headlines such as “Champs vs. chumps,” “Kiss my ring” and “Torture is back.”