Jim Murray, the dean of American sportswriters, entertained readers with writing that is so good and so funny that even people who don8217;t like sports read him. The Jim Murray Reader gathers some of Murray8217;s best columns from the height of his career and showcases the wit and the style that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. 160;
His inexhaustible talent and limitless range are on full display here: from the perplexities of tennis scoring (147;a game in which love counts for nothing, deuces are wild, and the scoring system was invented by Lewis Carroll8221;) and baseball rules (147;The infield fly rule is about as simple as calligraphy. It might as well be a Japanese naval code8221;) to Murray8217;s Laws (147;The way to make a line move faster is to join the other one8221;) and many of his colorful profiles (147;Richard Petty has climbed in more windows than 50 car thieves. . . . He wasn8217;t born, he was assembled and modified8221;).
His striking images, evocative prose, and hyperbolic one-liners have made Murray one of the most quotable and most celebrated sports columnists of the twentieth century.
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