Murray To Be Honored By Negro League Museum

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 12, 2008

Chris Murray NEW YORK — Just last year, the Negro League Museum established an award that not only honored the memory of a great Black sports writing pioneer, but also celebrated the contributions of one of today’s black sportswriters.

The Sam Lacy Legacy Award is dedicated to the career of the legendary sports writer with the Baltimore Afro-American. Lacy, who passed away at the age of 99 in 2003, also served as a key figure in integrating baseball.

BASN’s Chris Murray, who also writes for the Philadelphia Tribune, was recently named this year’s recipient of the Lacy Award. A native of Baltimore and graduate of Morgan State University, Murray has been a sportswriter/columnist with the Tribune since 2004.

Before attending graduate school, Murray started his journalism career in radio at WEAA-FM radio in Baltimore when he was a student at Morgan. At WEAA, he was a news and sports anchor.

Murray’s program director at the time was former Congressman and former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. After finishing his studies at MSU, Murray worked as a freelance Washington correspondent with WOL-AM (now Radio One) and the National Black Radio Network.

Murray covered events involving D.C. local government, Congress and various national forums and conferences. He currently covers the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers as well as the local college sports scene in Philadelphia.

Murray began working for BASN in 2006 where he’s covered several sports including the 2008 World Series. He’s also a frequent contributor to several local, regional and national radio and television shows.

Murray along BASN colleagues Michael-Louis Ingram and Wendell Simpson are part of BASN Radio’s “The Sports MCs” talk show which is currently on hiatus.

When contacted, Murray was gracious about receiving the honor. “All I can say is that I am humbled by the award and I have renewed vigor to do my job even harder and better”, said Murray.

Murray is one of only a handful of black sportswriters in America who cover Major League Baseball regularly. The inaugural Lacy Award, in 2007, went posthumously to Larry Whiteside, a longtime baseball writer for The Boston Globe.

The award pays tribute to a baseball writer who embodies the pioneering spirit of Lacy, a Hall of Fame sportswriter whose half-century of work for the black press beat the drum for equality in the sport.

In 1998, Lacy achieved the ultimate reward for a baseball writer. He was inducted into the writers’ wing of baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. This came a year after he won the Associated Press’s Red Smith Award and the baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.

“I have a long way to go to fill his (Lacy) great shoes”, Murray added. “But I am blessed and honored to be given this award”. The ceremony for Murray and the other honorees will take place on Saturday, January 10 in Kansas City at the Gem Theater.

Ticket prices for the Awards Dinner range from $75 to $150 and can be reserved by calling the museum at 816-221-1920. People can learn more about the museum at

All proceeds benefit the museum.