Despite all of the success and accolades that followed through his newspaper career, Ron Green Sr. believes one of the best things that ever happened to him was failing a chemistry class at Charlotte’s Central High School.
With first quarter grades coming out within a few days and an F an absolute certainty, Ron looked for a way out and found one in Miss Jessie Henderson’s journalism class. For three quarters of study, Miss Jessie would give him a full year’s credit. It was love at first paragraph for Ron. He became so enamored of journalism that he became editor of the Central High School newspaper and began working as a stringer covering high school sports for The Charlotte News in his junior year. That led down the long road to his induction tonight in the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. “I’ve always been lucky,” Green said. “I lucked into high school journalism. I almost didn’t apply for the job with the News. I wound up on a staff at the News that included some of the best newspapermen I’ve ever known and they taught me a lot. I was in the right place at the right time all the way to the finish line.” In 50 years with the News, where he served as sports editor for several years, and The Charlotte Observer, plus the years since his retirement in 1999, Green has covered 51 Augusta Masters, 24 Super Bowls, 26 NCAA Men’s Final Fours, 40 ACC basketball championship tournaments, 27 U.S. Open golf tournaments and dozens of other pro golf tournaments, four Summer Olympics, the World Series, Ryder Cup Matches, British Open, U.S. Tennis Open, stock car races, dozens of bowl games, a heavyweight championship fight, National Basketball Association playoffs and all-star game and many other events.
The honors keep coming for the highly talented scribe. In April he will receive the PGA of American’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation will come just prior to the Masters.Green’s work has been collected in two books and he has published a novel. His writing has also appeared in national publications such as Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. He has been inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame and the Garinger (formerly Central) High School Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards in national and regional competitions, including selection as North Carolina Sports Writer of the Year on six occasions. An avid golfer, he was once golfing champion of the Golf Writers Association of America.
His commentary has informed and entertained millions and helped shape sports in North Carolina.
Ron and Beth renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary last year. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
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