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Jack Disney dies at 80; Los Angeles sports journalist and racing publicist

Jack Disney dies at 80; Los Angeles sports journalist and racing publicist

Jack Disney wrote about pro baseball before Los Angeles had a major league team. He covered the Lakers when they moved here from Minneapolis and, he told people, might have been responsible for USC keeping legendary football coach John McKay. Disney, a Los Angeles-based sports journalist and horse racing publicist for nearly 60 years, died Monday at his home in Irvine of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his twin brother, Doug. He was 80. Disney was a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner from 1954 until the newspaper closed in 1989, reporting on a variety of sports, including the NFL's Raiders and a Lakers team that featured superstar Elgin Baylor and a...

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