Last King of the Sports Page (Hardcover)
The Life and Career of Jim Murray (Sports and American Culture)
University of Missouri, 9780826219794, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 29, 2012
Part crusader, part comedian, Jim Murray was a once-in-a-generation literary talent who just happened to ply his trade on newsprint, right near the box scores and race results. During his lifetime, Murray rose through the ranks of journalism, from hard-bitten 1940s crime reporter, to national Hollywood correspondent, to the top sports columnist in the United States. In Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray, Ted Geltner chronicles Jim Murray’s experiences with twentieth-century American sports, culture, and journalism.
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“In Last King of the Sports Page, Ted Geltner offers the reader a detailed look at the career of Jim Murray, whose humor and wisdom kept readers enraptured for more than forty years. Geltner uses Murray’s various career stops as chapter demarcations, showing readers how Murray evolved from a Depression-era child to one of the most celebrated sports columnists of all time.”—Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
“Geltner has written a valuable primer on how to be a successful columnist, spelling out what he calls Murray’s ‘rules of the game.’ These were: focus on people; do not make friends in the business; do not be a cheerleader; entertain readers; do not forget to write about women; do not overwrite; and forget the final score and write about things that are normally overlooked. With such advice, and numerous examples of how Murray crafted his column, Geltner has written a book that would be excellent for sports writing, column writing, and journalism history courses.”—Journalism History