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Hall of Fame Spotlight - Furman Bisher (1997)


In 1967, Furman Bisher was the Sports Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. In that year a new phenomenon came to Atlanta...professional soccer. It became one of Bisher's many tasks to comment on the introduction, conduct, development, success and place of soccer in our local culture and community. He did so with candor, common sense and a keen insight that played an important part in the positive growth and development of soccer in Georgia.

While a student at Furman University, Bisher played soccer. He then transferred to the University of North Carolina where he earned his journalism degree. After a stint as sports editor at the Charlotte News, he moved to the Atlanta Constitution in the 1950s, and later to the Atlanta Journal. He was a columnist for the Sporting News, moderated a weekly television show, authored eight books, numerous articles and served several sports and charity-related organizations.

His many accolades include the Georgia Associated Press Sports Writing Award, the United Press International Writing Award, Turf Writing Award, College Sports Information Directors Award, Sigma Delta Chi Sports Commentary Award, North Carolina Governor’s Award, University of North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year, Georgia Sportswriter of the Year, Distinguished Alumnus of Furman University, the Red Smith Sports writing Award, Bobby Jones Sportsman of the Year Award, National Sportscasters and Sportswriter’s Hall of Fame, International Golf Writers Hall of Fame, North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award and The Lincoln Nerden Golf Journalism Award. In 1997, he was inducted into the Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame.