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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1989
Congratulations to The Times for all your wonderful columnists, and especially to Jim Murray, without whose delightful writings the Sports Section would be a vast wasteland to this little old lady. GENNIE BONE Banning
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July 20, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
GULLANE, Scotland - I never thought it would come to this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for these pro golfers. First we had the recent U.S. Open at Merion and now this, the British chain-saw massacre at Muirfield. My hero and mentor, Jim Murray, used to tell us to root for the golf course. Stories of human anguish are great ones, he reasoned. But how much pain and suffering can we watch? This is real agony, not a Hollywood version. Yes, these guys make more money in four days than most of us have in our entire 401(k)
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February 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The late, great Times columnist Jim Murray opined about all the superstar athletes in the second half of the 20th century. It's what he did as well as anyone that came before or after him in America. So, on Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, we give you a column that Mr. Murray wrote for the Feb. 4, 1996, edition about the man most believe is the greatest basketball player of all time. ALL THE NBA WORLD WAS A STAGE FOR THIS PLAYER By Jim Murray You go to see Michael Jordan play basketball for the same reason you went to see Astaire dance, Olivier act or the sun set over Canada.
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April 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Each day the sports pages teem with wins and losses, statistics and scores, victors and runners-up. But that's not all. "Sports don't just have to be about touchdowns and three-point shots and goals," said Los Angeles Times sportswriter David Wharton while moderating the panel discussion "Great Balls of Fire: Sports & Sports Writing" at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Sunday morning. "We can find some real true things about life in what we see on the field. " The three panelists in attendance -- Celia Walden, Steven Travers and John Rosengren -- shared Wharton's philosophy.
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February 18, 1995
Once again Jim Murray performs a great writing job (Feb. 16). From him we can learn how to battle the highs and lows of life. May he write a million more articles. TONY D'AMICO Hacienda Heights Murray's readers didn't know how much they missed him until his column ran (again). JOE LYOU Gardena St. Louis may have the Rams but we have Jim Murray. MARK BERGLAS Irvine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998
Jim Murray dedicated one of his books to "every guy who ever struck out with the bases loaded, took a 10 count, fumbled on the goal line, pulled a three-foot putt or bet into a pat hand of aces full . . . and every guy who ever closed a bar alone at 2 o'clock in the morning." In other words, Jim Murray's kind of guys, from Boston to L.A., and each of them lost a best friend when Murray died Sunday night at 78. His Times column was a must read in the morning, or in that bar at 2 a.m.
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January 1, 1995
Jim Murray, The Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist, is recovering from extensive heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Murray, 75, remains in the intensive care unit but doctors report his progress as excellent. Rest has been prescribed, but Murray intends to resume writing his thrice-weekly column when his condition allows.
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February 28, 1991
Times sports columnist Jim Murray has been named best sportswriter in the Washington Journalism Review's seventh annual "Best in the Business" readers' poll. Murray, who won a Pulitzer Prize last year, was selected along with winners in 13 other print and broadcast journalism categories.
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February 24, 1996
Take another look, Bill Dwyre, don't let the wool get pulled over your eyes by this Jim Murray guy [Feb. 18]. Sports columnist? What a con! What Jim Murray really has been doing was teaching principles of morality, ethics and values. As well as philosophy, history and literature. OK, so he has a deft hand with wit and humor. Sure, he wrote about sports and athletes, but that's in addition. Let me tell you what Jim Murray really is. He is a master and a sage--disguised as a columnist.
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August 18, 1998
* Former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy: "We were deeply saddened to hear about Jim Murray's death last night. Whenever something significant happened in the world of sports, we could hardly wait to read what Jim's comments would be. His column was always full of humor and insight--he gave us a slant we couldn't get anywhere else. He will be surely missed. "Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to his entire family."
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February 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
There is nothing like listening to Stephen A. Smith drop names, places and other various references to his many friends in the sporting world when he's on ESPN's First Take morning program or breaking down the NBA on various other broadcasts. A lot of people don't like his shtick, but let's face it, most of the big-time personalities on sports television mimic talk radio these days: the louder and more emphatic you say it, the better. You don't have to be right. Or wrong.
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February 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The late, great Times columnist Jim Murray opined about all the superstar athletes in the second half of the 20th century. It's what he did as well as anyone that came before or after him in America. So, on Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, we give you a column that Mr. Murray wrote for the Feb. 4, 1996, edition about the man most believe is the greatest basketball player of all time. ALL THE NBA WORLD WAS A STAGE FOR THIS PLAYER By Jim Murray You go to see Michael Jordan play basketball for the same reason you went to see Astaire dance, Olivier act or the sun set over Canada.
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May 14, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Acclamation cruised to a seven-length victory in the Grade II $150,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday, winning the 11/2-mile turf marathon for the second consecutive year. Falcon Rock was second and Haimish Hy third. What made the performance under jockey Joel Rosario so impressive is that the 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat usually likes to go to the front from the outset but settled comfortably into second place behind pacesetter All Saint until Rosario put him into gear around the final turn.
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November 20, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Boxing is the gift that keeps on giving. It is why the great wordsmiths gravitated to it. It is why Red Smith could easily find poetry in its violence, why Jim Murray scoffed at anybody wishing for the departure of Mike Tyson. "Lord, no," Murray would say. "He's 10 columns a year. " Damon Runyon painted such wonderful word pictures of boxing characters that, over time, his name was used as a category for those with special quirks. It hasn't changed, only gotten better.
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June 13, 2010 | Jim Murray
This column on John Wooden, written by the late Jim Murray, was originally printed in the Aug. 10, 1972 edition of the Los Angeles Times. You picture the man who is, demonstrably, the world's greatest basketball coach, and there comes to view a guy with lots of diamonds on stubby fingers, a Rolls-Royce illegally parked outside the gym with his driver reading a comic book in the front seat. Guys leap to light his cigarettes, the president of the college is on the phone seeking an appointment, maybe so is the president of the United States.
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June 10, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
If all who were touched by John Wooden could attend his memorial, the Rose Bowl wouldn't be big enough. … The principled, Indiana-bred Wooden was "so square," Jim Murray once wrote, "he was divisible by four." … Wooden was a smoker — he picked up the habit while serving in the Navy during World War II — but never smoked during the season and had quit altogether by the time he retired in 1975. … He did not drink. … His musical tastes ran to Lawrence Welk and the Mills Brothers, the latter of whom he saw perform on his wedding night.
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June 13, 2010 | Jim Murray
This column on John Wooden, written by the late Jim Murray, was originally printed in the Aug. 10, 1972 edition of the Los Angeles Times. You picture the man who is, demonstrably, the world's greatest basketball coach, and there comes to view a guy with lots of diamonds on stubby fingers, a Rolls-Royce illegally parked outside the gym with his driver reading a comic book in the front seat. Guys leap to light his cigarettes, the president of the college is on the phone seeking an appointment, maybe so is the president of the United States.
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June 5, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Life goes on and all that stuff, but I feel so ridiculous trying to write a Manny Ramirez column planned for Sunday about his post-drug slump and boorish behavior at a time when we're still celebrating the inspiring life of John Wooden . It doesn't seem fair to mention the two in the same sentence, but if fair was always the case, Jim Murray would have been here to give Wooden the proper send-off. When someone is 99, and I'm not referring to Manny's number or his batting average these days, it's really odd to say you were surprised when he dies.
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May 14, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Neil Drysdale spent four years working for Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham, who was known for producing lots of outstanding turf horses. Now Drysdale is on a hot streak with marathon grass runners, and he unveils his latest promising import in Saturday's Grade II $150,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Hollywood Park. There's an early 11 a.m. first post, and the Jim Murray will be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card. Scintillo, a 5-year-old English-bred son of Fantastic Light, makes his American debut under jockey Rafael Bejarano in a race named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
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