Jim Murdaugh
Inducted in 1988
Men's Basketball
As a Lion

"Big Jim" Murdaugh, a member of the Freed-Hardeman College basketball team from 1936 to 1938, broke the world record for most points scored in a single game by racking up 78 points against Bethel College, January 11, 1938. The old mark of 75 points had stood since 1912.

Recounting the 115-30 win, Murdaugh said that at half-time, Coach Dick Stewart decided that the time had come to go for the record. He asked the team who would be the man to try. They voted for Murdaugh because he was the leading scorer at the half. The 6'4" Murdaugh responded by scoring 62 points in the second half. He only missed two field goals and one foul shot.

The Skyrocket, the student newspaper, reported that throughout the game Murdaugh was covered by two Bethel men. "I had a lot of ‘em on me," he said. "The team had to feed the ball to me all the time…I was hot that night. It was an exciting game."

At FHC, Murdaugh was the leading scorer of the Mississippi Valley Conference. He was described as a "court magician" who could "shoot with either hand, from all angles and with his back to the goal."

After Graduation

Murdaugh was also a baseball standout. Playing for the Jackson Generals and the Lexington Giants in the Kitty League, he led first baseman in fielding with a record of .988 in 1997.

Murdaugh took his talent to Memphis and the Park Commission Leagues. He soon became known as one of the best basketball players in the Mid-South. With Murdaugh's overpowering strength added to the talents of others, the teams of Ford V-8, Coca-Cola Bottlers, Goldcrest and the Naval Air Station became city champions in Memphis.

Murdaugh continued his interest in sports by becoming an official. The Memphis Park Commission said… "for 50 years he has been one of the South's leading referees." In 1982 he was named to the Memphis Park Commission's Sports Hall of Fame.

Lion Hall of Fame
YearInducteeSport(s)
1985Kerby FarrellBaseball
1985Willie HudsonBasketball/Coaching after FHU
1985Laurent JohnsonCoaching
1985Dew Drop RowlettCoaching
1985R.W. (Dick) StewartBasketball
1985Lon VarnellBaseball, Basketball, and Football
1986Mary Nelle Brum ChalkWomen's Basketball
1986John Luke WebbFootball, Basketball, and Baseball
1986Sue McBride WilliamsWomen's Basketball
1986James WilliamsBaseball and Basketball
1987Mac H. FeltsMultiple
1987Kate Pennington RochelleWomen's Basketball
1987Robert L. WittBasketball
1988Ulyss BrockMen's Basketball
1988Mayme Higginbottam LaneWomen's Basketball
1988Jim MurdaughMen's Basketball
1989Jerry MooreMen's Basketball
1989John L. WeeksBaseball, Basketball, Football
1989Marvin WilliamsCoaching after FHU
1990Vanassa Chism BranchWomen's Basketball
1990Dolly LambertBaseball
1990John PipkinBaseball and Basketball
1990David SmithBasketball
1991Sammy FisherCoaching
1991Dick GrayTrack and Field
1991Hoyt KirkCoaching
1991Robert Stanley LittleMen's Basketball
1992Ancil JohnsonMen's Basketball
1992Clyde WoodsTennis
1993Aaron HerronMen's Basketball
1993Gerald MichaelMen's Basketball
1994Arthur BonnerMen's Basketball
1994Larry MackinMen's Basketball/Baseball
1995Ruben BrownMen's Basketball
1995Charlie SmithMen's Basketball, Coaching
1996Cindy AndersonWomen's Basketball
1996Janice Wood GriggsWomen's Basketball
1996Renee Hensley PaughTennis and Basketball
1996Owen MitchellMen's Tennis
1997Randall AveryMen's Basketball
1997Sergio CastelloMen's Tennis
1998Garrett GrillsMen's Basketball
1999Fabiana CuggionniWomen's Tennis
1999Joe HardinDistinguished Service
1999Johanna MittenhammerWomen's Tennis
1999Ernesto RamosMen's Basketball
2000Claudia SanchezTennis
2002Jennifer Burkeen ShowersBasketball
2002David ByrdCoaching
2002Clay MurleyBaseball
2005Kara Sanders AtkinsWomen's Basketball
2005Qiana ElamWomen's Basketball
2006Chike StevensonMen's Basketball
2007Federico ContrerasTennis
2007Ricardo FerreiraTennis
2007Micheal GainesMen's Basketball
2008Nancy BennettDistinguished Service
2008Lee BurklowMen's Basketball
2008Mikki Dowell VinsonVolleyball/Softball
2009Anelise BattaglionWomen's Tennis
2009Jamie NorsworthyMen's Basketball
2009Terry WeeksCoaching
2009Jessica WoodardWomen's Basketball
2010Chuck BoxBaseball
2010Patrick O'SullivanBaseball
2011Van KalinisanBaseball
2011Eddie MartinCoaching after FHU
2011Ashlee RobertsonWomen's Basketball
2012Jonathan EstesBaseball
2012Pernell KnoxBaseball
2012Tony LambertMen's Basketball
2012Wes MillerMen's Basketball
2012Stacy Myers PalmerWomen's Basketball
2013Renata PedreiraVolleyball
2013Payton ReddenBaseball
2013Karina Souza SimonVolleyball
2014Tomas OresanskyMen's Basketball
2014Tarrah TuckerSoftball
2015Jana Cross GobbleWomen's Basketball
2015Zack FreyMen's Basketball
2015Donald MartinBaseball
2016Meribeth Boehler CarpenterWomen's Basketball
2016Brittany BradfordSoftball
2016Tiffany Harris ForbisWomen's Soccer
2016Josh HesterBaseball