Co-founder of TSWA among Hall inductees
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:00 pm
A co-founder of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, a past president, a long-time sports editor whose career has been spent at one newspaper and a man who worked for the Nashville Banner and Knoxville Journal make up the 2012 class of the TSWA Hall of Fame announced Monday.
Ron Higgins, Marion Wilhoite, Sam Woolwine and the late Tom Anderson will be inducted into the TSWA Hall of Fame on July 12th in a ceremony at Cumberland University.
Higgins of The Commer-cial Appeal is a past president of the Football Writers Association of America and helped co-found the TSWA where he is an nine-time Writer of the Year.
A 1979 graduate of LSU and son of former sports information director Ace Higgins, he has covered the SEC for more than 30 years. He also worked for Tiger Rag Magazine, the Shreveport Times, the Shreveport Journal, the Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge and the Mobile Register.
Wilhoite of the Columbia Daily Herald started covering sports in high school and was named sports editor of The Daily Herald on his 21st birthday in June 1962. He was named the Prep Sports Writer of Tennessee by the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club in 1984 and has been recognized by the TSSAA as a contributor to high school sports.
Sam Woolwine of the Chattanooga Times Free Press started his career at the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., where he studied journalism at Marshall. He started at Chattanooga in 1968, became the golf writer in 1969 and sports editor in 1982 and served as executive sports editor in 1999 until 2003 when he retired.
Woolwine still wrote a Sunday column until 2009. He also freelanced for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf World, GolfWeek, Sports Spectrum and The Tennessee Golfer.
A past president of the TSWA, he is one of only four honorary members of the Tennessee PGA.
Tom Anderson of the Knoxville Journal worked at the paper for 40 years and wrote a column on a part-time basis for another six years until a month before he died in 1978 at the age of 75.
The Alabama native earned a football scholarship to Alabama in 1920 but never played for the Tide. He did play basketball for Alabama. He worked for the Nashville Banner in the early 1930s before joining the Journal in 1938.
Retired Journal sports editor Ben Byrd wrote of Anderson: “He led a varied life. He has been at one time or another a brilliant scholar, a gifted athlete, a hobo and a newspaper man.” Published in The Messenger 3.6.12