Clint Murchison, Jr.
N 32° 52.044 W 096° 46.822
14S E 707679 N 3638770
Quick Description: Owner of the Dallas Cowboys from 1959 - 1984
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/14/2006 6:50:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMEXC
Clinton Murchison was born in Dallas, Texas, on September 5, 1923. His father, Clint Murchison, Sr. was a successful businessman who had made a fortune from investments in real estate and construction, railroads, and oil. When his father died, Clint, Jr. and his brother inherited the family fortune.
In 1959 Murchison purchased the Dallas Cowboys for $600,000 and helped fund the Texas Stadium. Murchison was a hands-off owner, delegating a great deal of operational control of the Cowboys to General Manager Tex Schramm, Coach Tom Landry and Scouting/Personnel Director Gil Brandt. During their leadership the Cowboy’s enjoyed umpresidented success and became known as “America’s Team.” In 1984, Murchison sold the Dallas Cowboys to an investment syndicate led by H.R. "Bum" Bright for a total of $80 million, and the following year he filed for Bankrupcy.
Clint Murchison has been a subject of on-going and intense speculation regarding associations with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and with significant figures of organized crime, dating to the 1940's. He was, at one time, the owner of Del Mar and Santa Anita race tracks in California. He has been widely rumored to have been a central figure in alleged conspiracies regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. None of these allegations have ever been proven.
Clint Murchison died on March 30, 1987 and is buried in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery in Dallas, Texas
Clint Murchison was a successful business man who purchased the Dallas Cowboy’s in 1960 for $600,000. He assembled a management team consisting of Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and Gil Brant who lead the Cowboy’s to 20-consecutive winning season including two Super Bowls. The volitale oil market forced Murchison to sell the Cowboys in 1984 for $80-million dollars.
Date of birth: 09/05/1923
Date of death: 03/30/1987
Area of notoriety: Sports
Marker Type: Horizontal Marker
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: 8:00 a.m. to Dusk
Fee required?: No
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