The Jim Murray Reader

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-01
  • Publisher: Bison Books
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Jim Murray, the dean of American sportswriters, entertained readers with writing that is so good and so funny that even people who don't like sports read him.The Jim Murray Readergathers some of Murray's best columns from the height of his career and showcases the wit and the style that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. His inexhaustible talent and limitless range are on full display here: from the perplexities of tennis scoring ("a game in which love counts for nothing, deuces are wild, and the scoring system was invented by Lewis Carroll") and baseball rules ("The infield fly rule is about as simple as calligraphy. It might as well be a Japanese naval code") to Murray's Laws ("The way to make a line move faster is to join the other one") and many of his colorful profiles ("Richard Petty has climbed in more windows than 50 car thieves. . . . He wasn't born, he was assembled and modified"). His striking images, evocative prose, and hyperbolic one-liners have made Murray one of the most quotable and most celebrated sports columnists of the twentieth century.

Author Biography

Jim Murray (1919-98) was one of the founders of Sports Illustrated and a writer for Time magazine before his tenure as sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times from 1961 until 1998. Murray won the Red Smith Award, America's most prestigious sportswriting honor, and the Pulitzer Prize. Vin Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers since 1950, which is the longest consecutive service of any current Major League broadcaster for one team.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Personally Speakingp. 1
As White as the Ku Klux Klanp. 2
It's Business as Usualp. 5
˘Marring÷ the Racesp. 8
Thankful, But …p. 10
Don't Blame Little Leaguep. 12
Missing: An Ocean of Joyp. 15
Of Human Bondagep. 18
Blasting a Golf Trailp. 21
Weird Site for a Fightp. 24
The Terror of Indyp. 27
Score it Nonsensep. 31
A Matter of Blind Faithp. 34
The Hall of What?p. 37
Laws of Murrayp. 40
The Same Old Songp. 43
The Joy of Seeingp. 46
Translating the Quotesp. 50
If you're Expecting One-Linersp. 53
Recruiting Sales Talkp. 56
One Man's Opinionp. 60
Instant Celebrityp. 62
A Car to Rememberp. 65
All-Time Greatest Namep. 68
It Wasn't Too Badp. 71
Bo, You Have Companyp. 74
We Just Have it Too Goodp. 77
It's Seen and Not Heardp. 80
It Doesn't Suit Themp. 83
Some Nights I Stay Up Through the Newsp. 86
Let's be Honest about the Mastersp. 89
Breeding Counts but doesn't Add Upp. 92
The Sport that Time Leaves Alonep. 95
Just Once, I'd Like to See …p. 98
Who Let Lawyers in the Ballpark?p. 100
No Bosox Tea Partyp. 103
Red-Blooded Runnersp. 105
Tribute to Abep. 108
Golf is to Football as Palm Springs is to Pittsburghp. 110
No Grundges in the Kumquat Bowlp. 113
A Transient Businessp. 116
From Russia with Love or … I'll Never Smile Againp. 120
Portraitsp. 125
Man Without a Funnybonep. 126
Idol Whose Time is Pastp. 129
Catchin' Up with Satchp. 132
A Woman of the Centuryp. 135
He Earned his Wayp. 138
He Dared Stand Alonep. 141
Dr. J Came to Playp. 144
Baseball's Showboatp. 147
The Pirate has Heartp. 150
Baby-Face Bomberp. 153
That's Shoe Bizp. 156
Comaneci Olympicsp. 158
Who is this Guy?p. 162
A Rejected Landmarkp. 165
The Cowboy's Lamentp. 169
Alzado is Razor Sharpp. 172
Fame But no Hallp. 175
A Salute to Gilliamp. 178
The People's Champp. 181
Trouble Hits Tapep. 184
Lieutenant Fair-and-Squarep. 187
A College Graduatep. 191
A Tough Little Ladyp. 195
First Test-Tube Linebackerp. 198
Making of a Manp. 202
The One and Onlyp. 205
Perfect Timingp. 208
World Class Leprechaunp. 211
The One that Countsp. 214
Another Rocky Storyp. 217
Master of the City Gamep. 220
An American Legendp. 224
Track and Field's Hottest Double Featurep. 227
You'd Never Think she is One of Themp. 230
Coach of the Living Deadp. 233
Patching an Imagep. 235
He needn't Take Number; it's hisp. 238
An Actor on Canvasp. 241
The Eternal Cowboyp. 244
Fond Farewellsp. 247
Life Finally Caught Marciano with a Sucker Punchp. 248
Last of the Victoriansp. 251
He Never Grew upp. 254
Death of an Heirloomp. 256
A Portrait in Couragep. 259
The Call of a Sirenp. 262
He Made a Name of Red Smithp. 264
Indexp. 267
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