ALL STAR EDITION
Abe: What are your first memories of
Furman: I grew up in a small town in
North Carolina, a little town named Denton.
Denton, I guess, probably had five or six
hundred people, no more than that. This is
so long ago I remember when electricity
came to town. I remember when the streets
were first paved. We had a town baseball
team in Denton. Town baseball teams were
big in that area and the people who played
on the baseball team included the grocery
man and the fellow working in the
furniture store. The fellow who ran the
telephone company was the manager of the
team. I started hanging around because I
was a hang arounder. I had nothing else to
do except go to practice and I became the
bat boy. Then I became the statistician and
the scorekeeper and all that sort of thing.
Was that minor league ball or sort of
like industrial ball?
It was a county league. Every little town
around there had a team that played in this
county league. It was not even semi-pro.
Nobody got paid anything. They played
because they loved it.
The games were on Saturday and
Oh no, Saturday only. You wouldn’t
have played Sunday baseball in Denton.
This was before there were lights?
We wouldn’t have had lights anyway if
there had there been lights. The first night
game was played in Des Moines, Iowa. I
think it was 1929 in the old Western League
and it got to the Major Leagues, I think, in
1935. I remember Joe Bowman, an old
The game according
to Furman Bisher
A S p e c i a l P u b l i c a t i o n o f A r n a l l G o l d e n G r e g o r y L L P
fellow I later knew, was the losing pitcher
in that game. He pitched for the
That was against the Cincinnati Reds.
That was Larry MacPhail’s early
contribution to baseball. One time, our
town team got a chance to play a big
playoff game in the county league and they
decided to play it under the lights at High
Point. High Point was a member of the
Piedmont League, which was a
professional league and a very go