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Oldest American sports writer

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Joe Williams, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Inspired by this thread on the Jobs board...

    Odessa American sports writer
    « on: July 09, 2008, 05:19:31 PM »

    ... I started wondering who the oldest active sports writer in the country might be. Let's limit it to old-timers who are at least half-timers, rather than the once-a-week columnist in mothballs.

    Sid Hartman in the Twin Cities is something like 87 or 88. Furman Bisher in Atlanta has to be in that ballpark, too. But I'm guessing that, maybe in smaller markets, there are some guys who might call Hartman or Bisher "Sonny."
     
  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Nope. They were all bought out here.
     
  3. Monroe Stahr

    Monroe Stahr Member

    If there's somebody older than those two, he's probably not aware he's alive.
     
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The really old guys refuse the buyouts and threaten to sue if they're let go.
     
  5. JR

    JR Active Member

    He's a Canadian obviously but Red Fisher is 82 and has been the beat writer for the Montreal Canadiens since 1954.

    The only thing he doesn't do anymore apparently is go to the dressing room because as he says, "Those guys have nothing to say"
     
  6. spinning27

    spinning27 New Member

    When you're right, you're right.
     
  7. John

    John Well-Known Member

    This honor might go to Dan Magill, who is at least 86 and still knows more Georgia sports history than anyone. Coach Magill graduated from Georgia in 1942, served in the Marine Corps during WWII, then came home to write for the Atlanta Journal. A few years later he took a job as Georgia's SID (my mom was his secretary for several years in the late 1960s) and was named the men's tennis coach in 1954.

    After winning two national championships in the 80s, Magill stepped down as tennis coach. Ever since, he's been writing columns for any section of the Athens Banner-Herald that will have him. I guarantee you he turns out three times as many columns a year as Bisher. And he remains the curator the the college tennis hall of fame, which is located at the Georgia tennis center that bears his name. The press box at Sanford Stadium also is named after him.

    I could go on for days about this man, who has been like a grandfather to me and who has led the most fascinating life of anyone I've ever known. He still plays tennis a couple of times a week, too, and I'm always honored when he asks me to join him when I'm in town.
     
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Never met the guy, but always loved the stories about him Lewis Grizzard put in his books.

    Speaking of which, I would pay cash money to see someone tell Grizzard that he needed to master blogs and Twitter in order to connect with readers.
     
  9. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    It has to be Sid, though calling him a sportswriter is a stretch.
     
  10. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    How old is Furman? 89?
     
  11. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    He's lucky he died before all this Internet crap.
     
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Peter Finney of the Times-Picayune recently celebrated 60 years in the business, so I would assume he's at least close to 80, if not older.
     
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