Furfari to host book-signing in Elkins

Legendary West Virginia sports journalist Mickey Furfari will hold a book-signing at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Furfari, who has covered the Mountaineers for more than 65 years, will be autographing copies of his second book, Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories, Volume II, that will be available for purchase at the event.

“I enjoy coming to Elkins and meeting with the people,” said Furfari, whose column runs regulary in The Inter-Mountain. “I had a great time the last time I was in Elkins, and hopefully we’ll have a good crowd come out on Saturday.”

Furfari’s second compilation features a profile of his former classmate and longtime “Voice of the Mountaineers” Jack Fleming, pieces on famous WVU quarterbacks Pat White and Major Harris, and current Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Volume II also details some of Furfari’s lighter moments in a piece he titled “The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did In My Life,” along with some more serious takes that include his not so cordial relationship with former WVU President Neil Bucklew.

Furfari said one such incident still haunts him in regards to the struggling 1965 men’s basketball team winning the Southern Conference Tournament.

“I said if they won the tournament and earned an NCAA bid, I would dance at the courthouse square at high noon,” Furfari said. “And sure enough they beat William &?Mary for the title. I’m a man of my word and there were between 600 to 1,000 people that came out and watched me dance.

“It was a crazy time back then.”

Other stories in the newest book focus on WVU player, coach and athletic director Leland Byrd, the late Coach Bill Stewart, athletic trainer Whitey Gwynne, two-sport star James Jett, current athletic director and former quarterback Oliver Luck and WVU’s stunning 2012 Orange Bowl victory.

Former WVU star quarterback and NFL referee Fred Wyant, one of Furfari’s longtime friends, authored the foreword for the book.

The price for the publication is $25 plus tax. A limited number of Volume I, first released in 2008, also is available at the same price. However, if you purchase both volumes in a combination buy, the price is $40 plus tax and shipping.

Copies of Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories Volume II also can be ordered online by going to the Beckley Newspaper’s website at www.register-herald.com and clicking on the link for Mickey’s books or by calling toll free at 1-800-950-0250 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.