“Comedian Fred Allen said that California was a great place to live if you’re an orange. It also became a great place if you loved prose told by a man who knew, to paraphrase Churchill, that words are bullets the writer uses as ammunition. That man was Jim Murray. As Steven Travers recounts, Murray moved sports’ media center to the West Coast. He also moved beyond balls and strikes into business, politics, and culture, using language as beautifully as Jascha Heifetz played a violin.”—Curt Smith, author of Voices of the Game: The Acclaimed Chronicle of Baseball Radio and Television Broadcasting and Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story
About the Author
STEVEN TRAVERS, a University of Southern California graduate and former professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland A’s, is the author of twenty books, including the bestselling Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman
(Sports Publishing, 2002), nominated for a Casey Award as Best Baseball Book of 2002; and One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game that Changed a Nation
(Taylor Trade, 2007). A former prep sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times
, he lives in California and has one daughter, Elizabeth.