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Jim Murray's Sports Column Starts in The Times

February 28, 2011 | 10:38 am






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  Feb. 5, 1961, Jim Murray  

  Feb. 12, 1961, Jim Murray  


Feb. 12, 1961: Jim Murray’s column makes its debut in The Times: “I have been urged by my friends -- all of whom mean well -- to begin writing in this space without introducing myself, as if I have been standing here all the while only you haven't noticed. But I don't think I'll do that. I think I'll start off by telling you a little about myself and what I believe in. That way, we can start to fight right away.”



My apologies, friends.  Jim Murray’s column began Feb. 12 and I am just catching up with it now. Like most of the old-time columnists (see Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock), Murray wrote six times a week, an output that is almost unimaginable today.  I never met Jim, although I did speak with him once on the phone about the Black Dahlia case (yes, he was rewrite man at the Examiner back in 1947) and he was a very cordial fellow.

I’ll need to rethink my lineup to run six columns a week. I like the idea but as I always say, so many stories and only one Larry Harnisch. 



 
  Feb. 5, 1961, Jim Murray
Feb. 5, 1961, Jim Murray
Feb. 5, 1961, Jim Murray
 

  Feb. 12, 1961, Jim Murray  

  Feb. 12, 1961, Jim Murray  

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