29 Apr '16, 5pm

Blackie Sherrod, 1920-2016: A sports journalist legend Dan Jenkins called 'our hero'

Blackie Sherrod wrote three stories for Golf Digest, though he was not a golf writer. Too limiting. To call him a sportswriter would not do him justice, either. He won an award for science writing when he was assigned, as a change of pace, to cover the Apollo 11 space shot, “though I personally know he fails to understand the theory of the wheelbarrow or what makes a screwdriver work or why bees suck flowers,” Larry L. King wrote in Texas Monthly. What he was to many, as Golf Digest’s Dan Jenkins once called him, was “our hero.” What he was to all was a legend in a business with too few of them left. “He was one of the great sports columnists when sports columnists mattered most, there with Red Smith, Shirley Povich, Jimmy Cannon, Jim Murray, Dan Jenkins, Jack Murphy, Furman Bisher, and Ed Pope,” Golf Digest contributor Dave Kindred wrote on Facebook. “None of them could'v...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/story/blackie-sherrod-1920-2016...

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