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New book looks at the legacy of sports writer Jim Murray




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Book cover for "Last King of the Sports Page, The Life and Career of Jim Murray."

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The Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray is a legend among sports writers. He's covered everything: baseball, football, horse racing. You name it, he's covered it.

He was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary before his death in 1998.

Over the years, Murray's sharp, biting wit produced many memorable lines. Of legendary UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden he wrote: "John Wooden is so square, he's divisible by four."

Or this one: "Show me a man who's a good loser and I'll show you a man playing golf with his boss."

Ted Geltner is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He's just written the book, "Last King of the Sports Page, The Life and Career of Jim Murray"