Murphy Asks That He Not be Considered for Michigan Post, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-02


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Murphy Asks That He Not Be Considered for Michigan Post ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 1.— Judge Joseph A. Murphy today sent a letter to Frederick E. Harris, Racing Commissioner of Michigan, suggesting that he withdraw his name from consideration as state steward for the meetings of the Michigan Racing Association. In his letter Judge Murphy wrote: "Several months ago I wrote advising you to withdraw my name from consideration. Split meetings between the MRA and Hazel Park, with separate state stewards for each, both bound to respect each others rulings and each inevitably with divergent policies on license and procedure, must only bring confusion and discord. I regard the state steward as the most important position on a race track.. He is the liason officer between the public and the state and the official holding it should have a free hand. "I have served under every commission since the revival of racing in Michigan and the relations between yourself, the members of your staff and myself have been of such a cordial nature that I regret the conditions that have arisen. But I am satis-, fied it is for the best."

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