February 17, 2013 |
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.
May 14, 2011 |
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.
November 20, 2010 |
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.
June 13, 2010 |
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.
June 10, 2010 |
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.
June 5, 2010 |
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.