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Finally found my classic QA with Jim Murray...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mrbio, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. mrbio

    mrbio Member

    It took probably three hours of digging and re-digging over the weekend. Had not looked at it in many years. It was in of all places, my NFL archives. No idea how it got there. But it's really a wonderful read. Here it is, totally exclusive to SportsJournalists.com members... enjoy... http://thebiofile.com/2011/04/biofile-classic-with-jim-murray-1919-1998/
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know you've gotten a lot of grief on these boards, but thanks for posting that.

    Meeting Murray was one best days of my journalism career. He surpassed my impossibly high expectations.
  3. mrbio

    mrbio Member

    Thanks Mizz, well said. Where did you meet him at?
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Great stuff, Scoop...thanks for that...
  5. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Small correction, Mark: Jimmy McLarnin was the welterweight champ in 1933, not 1993. I know it's just a typo, but it hits you right at the start.

    I like how Murray's says his most-prized possession was his Pulitzer.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed it as well.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    A Dodgers game in 1997. I saw him in the press box and blurted out, "Oh my god, Jim Murray is here." and a friend/mentor who knew him introduced me and I talked with him for about 10 minutes. He was so gracious. I kept saying, "Oh my God, if I'm bothering you just tell me and I'll leave you alone..." He laughed every time I said it.

    Before he left the game, he came over and said how nice it was to speak with me, and honestly, I was so floored I could barely speak.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Grew up reading Murray. Met him a couple of times, the first time at Riviera for the L.A. Open, the one Tiger played at for the first time.

    Extremely gracious and a true gentleman.
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Told this one before but what the heck, I'll tell it again.

    Bill Millsaps, a former sports editor and executive editor in Richmond (and this year's Red Smith Award winner), was a friend of Murray's. Served as a pallbearer, I believe. About the time of his retirement, some of Jim Murray's things were being sold to raise money for a charity. Among them - Murray's typewritter.

    I wanted in the worst way to raise enough money in our pass the hat routine to get Saps that typewritter. I knew it would have meant a lot to him. Simply not able to pull it off.

    Saps pointed out many times that Murray was proof that you could be at the top of this profession and be gracious and classy and all that, too. Sad that I never got the chance to meet him.

    And "Gentlemen, start your coffins" is pretty damn solid.
  10. Rudy Petross

    Rudy Petross Member

    Ok, I'll share. I was fortunate enough to be friends with Murray for the last year of his life. My favorite line was when I went to his house in the desert for a party and I brought a bottle of wine. He opened the door looked at me and the wine and said, "What, are you afraid we wouldn't have anything to drink?"
    The most touching moment was at a PGA Tour event at Riviera CC and I brought my dad along. My father was a stoic German who didn't say a lot and worked a blue collar job most of his life. He didn't understand how I could struggle in this business when there were so many other things I could do. He saw Murray from across the room and said, "Is that Jim Murray?" I said "Yes, you want to meet him?" He said: "You know him?!" I took him over and the first thing he said to Murray was "I've been reading you since before he was born." Murray said, "Well that makes me feel really old." They talked for a while and I later wrote my father was like a teenage girl at a Beatles concert. But after that day he finally understood why I wanted to do this.
  11. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Yeah...he must be one of those egotistical writers who take meaningless awards too seriously.

  12. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    I went to high school with Murray's daughter although she was a senior when I was a sophomore so we didn't associate much. But friends of mine were neighbors of his. One of my closest friends was the next-door neighbor of the Murrays and knew his son, who OD'd. Another friend arranged for Murray to come speak to my journalism class. He taught us how to take football stats and I used that method my entire career.
    I later met him again at press boxes around town, but the L.A. Open was his domain. We talked a lot during dead time at that tournament.
    I remember one year being totally pissed off because the media didn't get parking passes for the Wednesday pro-am day. So I was driving around above Sunset Blvd. looking for a place to park when I saw him walking toward the course. He had to park in the boonies, too. So I stopped being pissed.
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