The Jim Murray Reader

Overview

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 Reader gathers 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,...
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Overview

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 Reader gathers 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.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Journal of Books

"It''s easy to bash sportswriters at newspapers, a section sometimes called The Toy Shop. Every fan thinks it would be a great life—all those games for free! But the travel and covering bad teams can take its toll. From this collection, you get the sense that Jim Murray never minded any of that. It is nice to read the work of a true professional who loved his job." —Kathleen Hennrikus, New York Journal of Books

— Kathleen Hennrikus

New York Journal of Books - Kathleen Hennrikus
"It's easy to bash sportswriters at newspapers, a section sometimes called The Toy Shop. Every fan thinks it would be a great life—all those games for free! But the travel and covering bad teams can take its toll. From this collection, you get the sense that Jim Murray never minded any of that. It is nice to read the work of a true professional who loved his job." —Kathleen Hennrikus, New York Journal of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803283268
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 972,187
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Personally Speaking 1

As White as the Ku Klux Klan 2

It's Business as Usual 5

"Marring" the Races 8

Thankful, But … 10

Don't Blame Little League 12

Missing: An Ocean of Joy 15

Of Human Bondage 18

Blasting a Golf Trail 21

Weird Site for a Fight 24

The Terror of Indy 27

Score it Nonsense 31

A Matter of Blind Faith 34

The Hall of What? 37

Laws of Murray 40

The Same Old Song 43

The Joy of Seeing 46

Translating the Quotes 50

If you're Expecting One-Liners 53

Recruiting Sales Talk 56

One Man's Opinion 60

Instant Celebrity 62

A Car to Remember 65

All-Time Greatest Name 68

It Wasn't Too Bad 71

Bo, You Have Company 74

We Just Have it Too Good 77

It's Seen and Not Heard 80

It Doesn't Suit Them 83

Some Nights I Stay Up Through the News 86

Let's be Honest about the Masters 89

Breeding Counts but doesn't Add Up 92

The Sport that Time Leaves Alone 95

Just Once, I'd Like to See … 98

Who Let Lawyers in the Ballpark? 100

No Bosox Tea Party 103

Red-Blooded Runners 105

Tribute to Abe 108

Golf is to Football as Palm Springs is to Pittsburgh 110

No Grundges in the Kumquat Bowl 113

A Transient Business 116

From Russia with Love or … I'll Never Smile Again 120

Portraits 125

Man Without a Funnybone 126

Idol Whose Time is Past 129

Catchin' Up with Satch 132

A Woman of the Century 135

He Earned his Way 138

He Dared Stand Alone 141

Dr. J Came to Play 144

Baseball's Showboat 147

The Pirate has Heart 150

Baby-Face Bomber 153

That's Shoe Biz 156

Comaneci Olympics 158

Who is this Guy? 162

A Rejected Landmark 165

The Cowboy's Lament 169

Alzado is Razor Sharp 172

Fame But no Hall 175

A Salute to Gilliam 178

The People's Champ 181

Trouble Hits Tape 184

Lieutenant Fair-and-Square 187

A College Graduate 191

A Tough Little Lady 195

First Test-Tube Linebacker 198

Making of a Man 202

The One and Only 205

Perfect Timing 208

World Class Leprechaun 211

The One that Counts 214

Another Rocky Story 217

Master of the City Game 220

An American Legend 224

Track and Field's Hottest Double Feature 227

You'd Never Think she is One of Them 230

Coach of the Living Dead 233

Patching an Image 235

He needn't Take Number; it's his 238

An Actor on Canvas 241

The Eternal Cowboy 244

Fond Farewells 247

Life Finally Caught Marciano with a Sucker Punch 248

Last of the Victorians 251

He Never Grew up 254

Death of an Heirloom 256

A Portrait in Courage 259

The Call of a Siren 262

He Made a Name of Red Smith 264

Index 267

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