January 5, 1985
Re Jim Murray's column on Mike Ditka: I was at that Coliseum game many years ago and it was not a drunk that Ditka forearmed into oblivion; it was a boy who was playing wise guy and ran into the Bears' huddle. The punch, in full view of 75,000 fans was greeted with shock and ultimately many minutes of booing. The game had to be held up because of the noise, dissatisfaction and disbelief over Ditka's display of brutality. Since that day, I have always been a great fan of Ditka's opponents.
April 15, 1989
It has been 17 years since my father passed away. Jim Murray's column (April 14) made me realize how much I really miss him. Yes, he drank a lot. He drank to kill the pain of arthritis in his hips and ankles. He was a good father, stern but fair, and loyal to his wife, family and friends. He had a tremendous dislike of phony people and could spot them from a mile away. He also never forgot an injustice. His loves were the game of football and his roses. As we grew up we learned early on--don't bother him during a football game and don't play around the flowers.
October 24, 1992
As a Canadian, I feel it's my duty to write this letter. Jim Murray's column of Oct. 21 contains several jokes directed at my homeland, and because we Canadians are just a bunch of backwoods, ice-fishing, maple syrup-sucking cretins, I thought I'd explain some of Mr. Murray's witticisms to my fellow Canadians so that we can all enjoy a good laugh. (An American friend explained them to me.) Let's start with his remarks regarding the Canadian flag incident. "It's just a picture of a weed," Murray states.
July 18, 1987
Jim Murray's column on former Dodger executive Al Campanis was neither amusing nor illuminating; it was a disgusting piece that angers me greatly. For reasons beyond my comprehension, Murray appears to be serving as an apologist for the words (and deeds) of Campanis. According to Murray, Campanis was "confused" the evening of April 6 when, appearing on the "Nightline" program, he spoke of the "lack of necessities" which, he contended, bars blacks from front office and on-field managerial positions in baseball.
November 15, 1997
Finally someone in the media has said what should have been said long ago. Jim Murray's column of Nov. 6 was right on. Why should taxpayers help finance one nickel of a stadium so an owner with more money than God can go and pay some athlete huge amounts of money? As Murray said, why not spend money on cancer research, higher education or a new center for government? I cannot understand how any sports owners could ask taxpayers to pay for a new state-of-the-art stadium, or how any American taxpayer would ever vote for such a thing.
August 8, 1987
Reader G.R. Turgeon, in his critique of Jim Murray's column on Bob Gibson, mentioned a number of pitchers' earned-run averages that were lower than Gibson's 1.12 in 1968. As a critic, however, he, too, proves human. How else to explain his unforgivable omission of Ferdinand M. Schupp's ERA of 0.90 for the 1916 New York Giants? JAMES B. DOWLING Torrance