LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chipper Jones laughed and said "that was a long time ago" when asked if he remembered the first time that he met Furman Bisher. While the Braves' third baseman is not exactly sure when the first meeting might have occurred, he certainly felt fortunate to have known the legendary journalist over the past 20 years.
"He's been welcome in our clubhouse as long as I've been here," Jones said. "He's really pro-Atlanta sports, which is nice when you get a guy at the local paper who boosts the sports scene and fan support the local teams. That's always a good thing. He was a great man and this is a sad day."
Bisher died of a heart attack at the age of 93 on Sunday. His legendary journalism career included an interview with Shoeless Joe Jackson and more than 50 visits to both The Masters and Kentucky Derby. Over the past couple of years, he continued to come to Turner Field to interact with Bobby Cox and some of the Braves players that he continued to watch on a nightly basis.
"The last time I saw him at the end of last year, it never would have dawned on me that he was 93 years old," Jones said. "I thought he was in his late 70s or early 80s. The bottom line is he lived a long full life and made a significant contribution to his community."