As a veteran sportswriter, Furman Bisher has been Face to Face with the most influential sports figures the country has to offer. He pulls no punches and leaves no question un-asked in this collection of his all-time best interviews. From baseball to boxing and from Jack Nicklaus to Red Grange, Furman Bisher shares his biggest scoops and most heart-warming stories. Shoeless Joe Jackson, in 1949, agreed to allow Bisher to help him present his side of the “Black Sox Scandal,” something that had never been done before. Bisher shadowed the Petty racing family at their compound in Level Cross, North Carolina, and discovered the secret behind their success: family. He broke a story about brutality in college football, which led to a nation-wide scandal involving a shady conversation between Bryant and Georgia athletic director Wallace Butts about Georgia’s game plan; read Bisher’s explanation of this case of mistaken identity. In Face to Face, Bisher provides insight into the private lives of sporting men from all generations, sports, shapes, sizes and dispositions-golfer Arnold Palmer, Marlins manager Jack McKeon, boxer Muhammad Ali, UCLA coach John Wooden, media mogul Ted Turner, and more-open their hearts and their homes to legendary journalist Furman Bisher and to you.
About the Author
Born in 1918 in Denton, North Carolina, Furman Bisher is a legend in sports writing. He began his journalism career as the editor of the Lumberton (N.C.) Voice in 1938 and has been with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for over 50 years. His writing has been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best Sports Stories of the Year 23 times. He received the Georgia AP Sports Writing Award 18 times, was named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year 19 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).