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King of The Sports Page
Rick Reilly
May 16, 1994
This SI Classic from April 1986 examines the life of Jim Murray, America's top sports columnist, who, despite a series of tragedies, always keeps 'em laughing
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May 16, 1994

King Of The Sports Page

This SI Classic from April 1986 examines the life of Jim Murray, America's top sports columnist, who, despite a series of tragedies, always keeps 'em laughing

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ON GROUCHES

NORM VAN BROCKLIN: "...a guy with the nice, even disposition of a top sergeant whose shoes are too tight."

PAUL BROWN: "...treated his players as if he had bought them at auction with a ring in their noses."

CONRAD DOBLER, former guard for the St. Louis Cardinals: "To say Dobler 'plays' football is like saying the Gestapo 'played' 20 Questions."

WOODY HAYES: "Woody was consistent. Graceless in victory and graceless in defeat."

Marilyn Monroe and Murray were having dinner at a Sunset Boulevard restaurant. This was not exactly an AP news flash. Murray was TIME magazine's Hollywood reporter from 1950 to 1953, and you could throw a bucket of birdseed in any direction at Chasen's and not hit anybody who didn't know him. He has played poker with John Wayne ("he was lousy"), kibitzed with Jack Benny (who gave him an inscribed, solid-gold money clip) and golfed with Bing Crosby (later, Crosby sent him clippings and column ideas).

On this particular night, somewhere around dessert, Monroe started looking as if she'd swallowed her napkin.

"What's wrong?" Murray asked.

"Jim," she said, "would you mind if I left with someone else?"

"Not as long as you introduce me."

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