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Melvin Durslag, longtime Los Angeles sportswriter and columnist, dies at 95

Melvin Durslag, a  sports columnist who covered the Los Angeles  scene for decades beginning in 1939, died Sunday at a convalescent home in Santa Monica after a brief illness, according to friend and former colleague Larry Stewart. He was 95.

Durslag was said to string “together words like Nolan Ryan strings together strikeouts,” in the words of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

Durslag was born in Chicago on April 29, 1921, to William and Frieda Durslag. His father was a clothing salesman and his mother worked in a sandwich shop. 

He came to L.A. as a child. He began his career while still a student at Los Angeles High School, according...

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