ONE OF our town's finest, Jim Murray, will receive the Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association annual dinner on Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.

A native Philadelphian and Villanova alum, he helped begin the Eagles Fly for Leukemia campaign when he was the team's general manager. And in 1974 he founded the first Ronald McDonald House here in Philly to provide temporary housing, at little or no cost, for families of children with medical conditions. Today, there are hundreds of Houses in nearly 60 countries worldwide.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and new Manager Ryne Sandberg, making his first appearance at the event, will be on the dais.

Players from the Flyers' 1973-74 Stanley Cup team will be there commemorating the 40th anniversary of that legendary run, with Hall of Famer Bill Barber being honored as the Living Legend.

Chester's Bo Ryan, Wisconsin's basketball coach, is the Native Son Award winner.

Tickets are available for $95 through wwww.PSWA.org.

- Mike Kern