Former AJC executive editor Jim Minter wrote of Bisher: “For more than a decade Atlanta officials and business leaders had pursued a dream of major league status. There was no stadium, nor prospects of a stadium, until the spring of 1963 when Bisher invited Charlie Finley to visit with Mayor Ivan Allen in Atlanta.
“He and Mayor Allen drove Finley around the city. When they arrived at a confluence of three Interstate highways in walking distance of downtown Atlanta, almost under the shadow of the state capitol, Finley told Mayor Allen: ‘Build your stadium here and I will bring my team to Atlanta.’ That night, he gave the mayor specifications for the stadium.”
Bisher wrote more than 15,000 columns in 59 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He wrote the first Hank Aaron biography and conducted the first interview with “Shoeless Joe” Jackson following the Chicago “Black Sox” scandal. Bisher was also one of the last links to baseball great Ty Cobb, and included Ted Williams among his legendary list of interview subjects.
Bisher retired from full-time writing in 2009. He died on March 18, 2012 at the age of 93. He was survived by his wife Lynda and two of his three sons.