Bruce Phillips, former Raleigh Times sports editor with knack for storytelling, dies


Bruce Phillips took his work as a sports editor very seriously, but he never took sports or himself too seriously.

It was fun and games as he rolled cheap paper into a manual typewriter and crafted a story that could make you cry, double you up in laughter, infuriate you or make you prouder than if you hit the winning free throw with no time left.

Phillips became the youngest sports editor of a major daily newspaper in North Carolina in 1956 when he was hired as a sportswriter for The Raleigh Times, right after graduating from East Carolina and the sports editor quit the next week. Over the next 35 years, he became one of the most beloved sports writers in the state.

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