Enough comedy jokes.

Jim Murray's memorable 1966 column. (Here is another printing of the same piece.)

Meanwhile, Scoop Malinowski's short, 1997 Q&A with Murray:

Early Career Memory: β€œI had a sports-writing model – a guy a lot of people probably never heard of – Dan Parker of The New York Mirror. He was overlooked for guys like Damon Runyon and Ring Lardner. Dan Parker was very, very good and very, very funny. As a kid I glommed on to his writings. I used to go get the Mirror to read them (age 12).”

Toughest Competitors Encountered: β€œPete Rose. Comes to mind immediately. Pete did not like to lose. Played with a great ferocity and love for the game. Jerry West – tremendous quickness. Wide-set eyes. He could see behind him almost. Elgin Baylor. Bob Cousy. Jack Kramer. Rod Laver.”

Interesting Fact: β€œI’m very uninteresting [laughs]. An interesting fact in itself. Because I bore myself. But I’m a big fan of boredom. That’s my ambition – to someday sit in front of a TV in a torn sweater and be bored for the rest of my life. Watch a whole lot of old movies.”