Bisher column starts today

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- When you turn to the sports front today, you'll find an old friend in a new place.

Furman Bisher, sports editor and columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 60 years, will bring his observations and comments to Albany Herald readers on a regular basis on our sports front.

Bisher is a legend in Georgia sports journalism. After starting his career in 1938 and spending a decade as sports editor of the Charlotte News, he became sports editor of the Atlanta Constitution in 1950 before moving to the morning Constitution's sister paper, the afternoon Atlanta Journal, in 1957. He has written for the Sporting news, Sports Illustrated and the Saturday Evening Post, and has written a dozen books. He retired from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this past October.

The Denton, N.C., native and graduate of the University of North Carolina brings a unique perspective. He may be the only sports journalist who could compare Tiger Woods to the legendary Bobby Jones, who Bisher played golf with. He covered the Masters in Augusta, every Kentucky Derby since 1950 and watched the first ever NASCAR race.

Bisher has been credited with helping to bring the Braves to Atlanta from Milwaukee. In 1949, he got the only interview ever with "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who hadn't spoken with any journalist after he was thrown out of baseball in 1919 for the Block Sox scandal.

A member of the International Golf Writers Hall of Fame, he is a member of the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and has won the Red Smith Award and the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award.

Bisher will not have set days to be published, but plans to be a frequent contributor. His first column appears today on Page 1B.