Sportswriter. Born– 1936, Anderson, S.C. Parents–Clyde B. and Annise Bolton.  Married– Sandra Jean Grifpin. Children– Three. Attended Jacksonville State.  Worked as a reporter for papers in LaGrange, Georgia; Gadsden, Anniston, and Montgomery.  Sportswriter and columnist for the Birmingham News, 1961-2001. Honors; Alabama Sports Columnist of the Year, 1988, 1992, 1999.  Inducted into the Alabama Sportswriters Hall of Fame, 2011.  Received the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama School of Communications, 2011.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; bhamwiki


The Alabama Gang.  Birmingham News, 1994.

And Now I See. Wilson, N.C.; Star Books, 1989.

The Basketball Tide. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1977.

Bolton’s Best Stories of Auto Racing. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1975.

The Crimson Tide, a Story of Alabama Football. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1972.

Hadacol Days: A Southern Boyhood.  New South Books, 2010.

Ivy. Los Angeles; Holloway House, 1986.

The Lost Sunshine.  River City, 1994.

Nancy Swimmer: A Story of the Cherokee Nation.

Silver Britches. West Point, N.Y.; Leisure Press, 1982.

Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off): Tales from Forty Years of Sportswriting.  Fire Ant Books, 2005.

They Wore Crimson. Atlanta; Comartie-Long, 1981.

Turn Left on Green:  A Novel of Stock Car Racing.  River City Publishing, 2002.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Talladega Superspeedway.  UMI Publications, 1994.

Unforgettable Days in Southern Football. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1974.

War Eagle, a Story of Auburn Football. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1973.

Water Oaks. Atlanta; Comartie-Long, 1980.


Remembering Davey: Portrait of an American Hero.  Birmingham News, 1993.