Category Archives: #Jim Murray

Jim Murray, May 15, 1961

            May 15, 1961: Norman G. Dyhrenfurth, an old friend and a perfect dynamo of human energy, is a man who not only thinks Mt. Everest is a place to be but a place for … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 14, 1961

            May 14, 1961: Rinold George Duren, is the victim — or the beneficiary, if you want to look at it that way — of the most monumental case of nearsightedness in the annals of … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 12, 1961

        May 12, 1961: Paul Pender is not really a prizefighter at all. He has retired from the game more times than Jackie Jensen. He is a fireman by trade and he still reaches out instinctively to … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 11, 1961

            May 11, 1961: The horse player is the hardest guy I know to please in the whole world of sports. He is grumpy, cynical, suspicious. He never smiles. No matter what happens he is … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 10, 1961

        May 10, 1961: Things have gotten so desperate the Yankees have taken to trading four of their players for two Angels, a ratio, which, if it holds up, will ultimately mean the whole New York franchise … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 9, 1961

            May 9, 1961: Unfortunately for the ladies — and probably Alejandro Lavorante too — this Latin lover will be doing his tango with the No. 3 heavyweight of the world, Zora Folley, Thursday night … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 8, 1961

        May 8, 1961: I was rooting hard for old John  Longden on Saturday. You knew it was his last long ride around Churchill Downs. John has won races under all kinds of conditions, including three at … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 7, 1961

             May 7, 1961: Arnold Palmer is unique in golf in that his fellow pros, whose pockets he picks every time he pulls off one of his patented finishes, like him anyway. Golfers find it … Continue reading

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From the Stacks — ‘The Long Season’

    I haven’t read a baseball book since my mother gave away my trading cards of the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Braves. No, I’m not quite that old. I got them from a neighbor lady who was surreptitiously … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 5, 1961

        May 5, 1961: The strange story of Gene Littler illustrates the elusiveness of golf. Seven years ago, this calm, compact young man was almost everybody's best bet to corner the game of golf altogether….  The top … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 4, 1961

        May 4, 1961: Once a year, golf and Las Vegas get together — and in the view of both, that's often enough. It costs Vegas' Desert Inn $150,000 and a swatch of headaches. It costs the … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 3, 1961

        May 3, 1961: The locker room interview, an integral part of baseball, is clacking along at an .800 clip and everything is upbeat, Jim Murray says.

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Jim Murray, May 2, 1961

           May 2, 1961: It has been said this is a so-so field coming up to the Kentucky Derby this year, but it is only in retrospect that anyone can evaluate. A derby lineup is like … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 1, 1961

            May 1, 1961: Les Richter, middle-guard linebacker and mad red dog of the Rams, spends each football season as the Dracula of the line-of-scrimmage and each off-season as the William Jennings Bryan of sports.

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Jim Murray, April 30, 1961

            April 30, 1961: Down on the field, a team called the Los Angeles Angels were playing once again. It was possible to close my eyes and go back to 1944, the first time I … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 28, 1961

        April 28, 1961: Jim Murray dips into the mailbag and finds letters from Frank Capra and George Kennedy, among others. Meredith Willson wants Murray to write a baseball comedy so he can use it for a … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 27, 1961

        April 27, 1961: The Angels make their debut at a refurbished Wrigley Field against the Minnesota Twins. Jim Murray says: "You have to marvel that, at 1:30 this afternoon, they will bravely begin an extended run … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 26, 1961

            April 26, 1961: Jim Murray writes about pitcher Jim Brosnan’s book “The Long Season,” calling it "The best book on baseball ever written and one of the best on any subject."

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Jim Murray, April 25, 1961

        April 25, 1961: You may remember Cannonball Green as the promising light-heavyweight of a quarter-century ago who once put Maxie Rosenbloom on the floor four times up in Ventura but only got a draw. Cannonball's career … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 18, 1961

            April 18, 1961: Talk about versatility. Today, Jim Murray writes about riding to hounds: “Here in Southern California, the traditions are being carried on by the West Hills Hunt Club, a doughty band of … Continue reading

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