For more than 43 seasons and nearly 500 games, Larry Munson’s gravelly voice and superheated commentary provided the audio backdrop for Georgia football. His genuine love for the team and colorful, animated manner endeared Munson to Georgia fans, and eventually led to his induction into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
But as his new book From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot (Triumph), co-written with longtime sportswriter and broadcaster Tony Barnhart (contributor to CBS’ College Football Today and a former columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), shows, Larry Munson's distinguished career includes many other things besides his time at Georgia.
His volume reviews all those highlights, including a lengthy stay in Nashville that dates back to his arrival in 1947 as WKDA's first sports director, and subsequent jobs that included broadcasting minor league baseball, hosting hunting and fishing shows, and becoming the voice of Vanderbilt football and basketball.
Munson recalls his time on the first Atlanta Braves broadcast team, and the years doing everything from Wyoming football to the Atlanta Falcons, soccer (the Atlanta Chiefs) and even Georgia basketball. He remembers his short stint as a pianist with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (one week as a high school student), whose principal vocalist just happened to be Frank Sinatra.
However, the bulk of this book reviews the highlights of his tenure with the Georgia Bulldogs, and favorite memories of Herschel Walker, Vince Dooley and many others. From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot is essential reading for sports and broadcasting fans.