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Georgia Biography -- Athletes

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
    This site contains a database of hall inductees; includes alphabetical, year, or category searching.

  • Hank Aaron (b. 1934)
    Aaron is professional baseball's career leader in home runs, runs batted in, total bases, and extra base hits. He played in the Braves organization for twenty years in Milwaukee and Atlanta before retiring in 1976.

  • Paul Anderson (1932-1994)
    A Toccoa native, world-champion weighlifter Anderson won an Olympic gold medal in 1956 and later became a celebrated professional strongman.

  • Luke Appling (1907-1991)
    Appling was a prolific hitter during his twenty-year professional baseball career.

  • Jim Brown (b. 1936)
    Brown, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, was born on St. Simon's Island.

  • Ralph "Country" Brown (1921-1977)
    During the 1950s, Brown played baseball for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association League.

  • Wally Butts (1905-1973)
    Butts coached the University of Georgia football team between 1939 and 1960, leading the Bulldogs to four SEC titles.

  • Alice Coachman (b. 1923)
    A native of Albany, Coachman was a dominant high-jumper and the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

  • Ty Cobb (1886-1961)
    When the "Georgia Peach" retired in 1928, he was major league baseball's career leader in many statistical categories; he still holds the record for highest career batting average.

  • Bobby Cox (b. 1941)
    One of the most successful major league baseball managers of all time, COx has managed the Atlanta Braves since 1990.

  • Vince Dooley (b. 1932)
    Dooley served as the head coach of the University of Georgia football team and as athletic director of the University.

  • Bill Elliott (b.1955)
    Bill Elliott is one of NASCAR's most popular and successful drivers; he has collected more than forty career Winston Cup wins since starting out on the tour in 1976.

  • Theodore "Tiger" Flowers (1895-1927)
    Born in Camilla, Flowers became the first black boxer to win the world middleweight championship in 1926.

  • Cheryl Haworth (b. 1983)
    A native of Savannah, Haworth is an accomplished weightlifter who holds all national records in her weight class.

  • John Heisman (1869-1936)
    Heisman was head football coach at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1904 to 1919; he is the namesake of the Heisman trophy.

  • Larry Holmes (b. 1949)
    A native of Cuthbert, Holmes was heavyweight boxing champion of the world between 1978 and 1985.

  • Martha Hudson (b. 1939)
    A native of Eastman, Hudson was an Olympic track and field medal winner.

  • Bobby Jones (1902-1971)
    The Atlanta-born Jones is the only golfer to have completed a "Grand Slam" by winning all four major tournaments in one season. He was also instrumental in the construction of Augusta National Golf Club.

  • Dot Kirby (1920-2000)
    A native of West Point, Kirby was a five-time Georgia women's golf champion.

  • Mildred McDaniel (b. 1933)
    McDaniel was an Olympic gold medal winner and held a world record in the high jump.

  • Edith McGuire (b. 1944)
    McGuire was an Olympic gold medal winning sprinter; she is a native of Rockdale.

  • Earl Mann (1904-1990)
    Mann managed several minor league baseball teams in the southeast during the 1930s, and owned the Atlanta Crackers for some ten years.

  • Pete "Pistol Pete" Maravich (1947-1988)
    Maravich was a record-setter in college and professional basketball player; he played for the Atlanta Hawks for several years.

  • Eddie Mathews (1931-2001)
    Mathews was one of the greatest third basemen of all time; he played for the Braves organization in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

  • Johnny Mize (1913-1993)
    A native of Demorest, Mize was a slugging first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees.

  • Bob Montag (1925-2005)
    During the 1950s, Montag was a popular outfielder for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association League.

  • Phil Niekro (b. 1939)
    Niekro played twenty-one seasons with the Atlanta Braves as a successful knuckleball pitcher.

  • Jackie Robinson (1919-1972)
    Robinson was the first black man to play major league baseball; he was born near Cairo.

  • Frank Sinkwich (1920-1990)
    Sinkwich was the first southern college football player to win the Heisman trophy.

  • George Stallings (1867-1929)
    Born near Augusta, Stallings managed the Boston Braves between 1913 and 1920.

  • Louise Suggs (b. 1923)
    A native of Atlanta, Suggs was a highly successful professional on the LPGA tour and the first woman inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Chuck Tanner (b. 1929)
    Tanner played outfield for the Atlanta Crackers during the 1950s and managed the Atlanta Braves during the 1980s.

  • Fran Tarkenton (b. 1940)
    Tarkenton played quarterback for Athens High School and the University of Georgia before going on to a highly successful NFL career.

  • Gwen Torrence (b. 1965)
    A native of Decatur, Torrence is one of the most accomplished female sprinters in the world.

  • Charley Trippi (b. 1920)
    Trippi played halfback for the University of Georgia football team during the 1940s; he is one of the most highly-regarded players in school history.

  • Wyomia Tyus (b. 1945)
    A native of Griffin, Tyus was an Olympic gold medal winning sprinter.

  • Sidney "Beau Jack" Walker (1921-2000)
    A Waynesboro native, Walker was a successful lightweight boxer during the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Dominique Wilkins (b. 1960)
    Wilkins played basketball for the University of Georgia before going on to a long and accomplished NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks and several other franchises.

  • George "Kid" Woodruff (1889-1968)
    A native of Columbus, Woodruff coached the University of Georgia football team in the 1920s.

  • Whitlow Wyatt (1907-1999)
    A native of Kensington, Wyatt played professional baseball, managed the Atlanta Crackers minor league team, and was a pitching for the Atlanta Braves and other major league teams.