Furman Bisher papers


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Scope and Content Note: Consists of recordings related to Gene Sarazan, Hank Aaron, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Ty Cobb, and ESPN Sports Century.
Biographical Note:

Furman Bisher (1918-2012) began his career in journalism as the editor of the Lumberton (N.C.) Voice in 1938. From 1943 to 1946 he served as a U.S. Naval officer, in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He joined the Charlotte News in 1940, becoming sports editor in 1948, and in 1950, he joined the Atlanta Constitution as sports editor. From 1950 to 1968, Bisher was a moderator on the weekly Atlanta TV show, “Football Review.” On February 3, 1957 he joined the Atlanta Journal as sports editor and columnist. He also became a columnist for Sporting News. Bisher retired from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution in 2009.

Bisher had articles published in Saturday Evening Post, Sports, True, Sports Illustrated, and other national magazines. His writing was selected for numerous anthologies, including Best Sports Stories of the Year twenty-three times. He received the Georgia AP Sports Writing Award eighteen times, was named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year nineteen times, and won the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism award in 1996. He was inducted into the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame (1989), the International Golf Writers Hall of Fame (1989), the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1990), and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1995).

Extent: 33 items
Extent: Related materials in other repositories: Furman Bisher Collection, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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