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The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray Hardcover – February 1, 2013
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Jim had a gift with words and his background in history enabled him to weave the subject in a humorous way with the individual he was writing about. There would be times a reader may lose the significance of his humor if they did not have his history background.
Jim Murray was fortunate to cover teams in the southern California area such as the Dodgers and Lakers at a time they were dominant in addition to college teams such as USC and UCLA. Koufax and Drysdale, Magic Johnson, Kareen Abdul Jabbar, Jerry West,and Elgin Baylor ("who is as unstoppable as a woman's tears") were just some of the subject matter available to Murray.
The book flows in a chronological manner from childhood until his death in 1998 and includes snippets of his writing regarding those he wrote about. Murray also enjoyed gently chiding cities such as Cincinnati, Green Bay, and St. Louis. It became somewhat of an honor for a city to be "insulted" by Murray.
The book also includes several of his "funnies" he said about various individuals or events. Examples are: "Ricky Henderson's strike zone is smaller than Hitler's heart." Regarding the start of the Indianapolis 500 race: "Gentlemen, start your coffins." The book concludes with Appendix C which is his column regarding the loss of a friend which is the sight in his good eye. It's worth the price of the book.
Jim Murray has always been my favorite columnist.Read more ›