Establishing an Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame
Atlanta’s long and storied athletic traditions will soon have an additional focus. An Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame is to be organized and will recognize outstanding male and female athletes who competed at Booker T. Washington and Atlanta High Schools.
The purpose is to continue the outstanding athletic traditions developed by these athletes and their coaches in the past for those of the future. Atlanta has much to be proud of with regard to its championship teams and individual players.
Inductees whose accomplishments go back to the early 20th Century and those of recent years will be honored.
A selection committee of seven will nominate and induct the first five members to the Hall.
These five athletes or coaches have served as the founders of a great tradition from high school to college to the professional ranks in some cases. Formal entry will take place at the Atlanta – Pleasant Grove football game on Friday, Sept. 14.
The Committee has patterned the Atlanta Hall after those in Kerrville, Brenham and Brownwood. Criteria for induction include competing/coaching for the two Atlanta schools while lettering in at least one sport.
No member serving on the committee is eligible and all athletes nominated must have been out of high school for at least ten years.
All will have displayed exemplary character in their adult life.
No more than five or less than three candidates will be inducted each year.
Metal plaques honoring each incoming member will be permanently placed under large Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame lettering in the entry way under the Rabbit Stadium press box.
Each year new members will have their plaques placed there.
After this first induction the public will be encouraged to nominate candidates and the Selection Committee will oversee the voting.
Each nominee will remain a candidate from then on whether selected in that round or not. Our athletic history in Atlanta reflects a very impressive list of athletes. Competition to gain a place will be very difficult.
In order to maintain what is now the Rabbit tradition and honor the beginnings of sports in our town this Hall will be designed to do exactly that.
Establishment of the Hall of Fame will require funds to pay for the lettering and each plaque. The plaques will be metal and contain a brief description of the athlete and have their image displayed.
The Hall of Fame hopes that the Atlanta public and every sports fan will help with their donation of funds.
All donations will be tax exempt. Checks made out and addressed to Atlanta Athletics HOF can be sent to P.O. Box 637 in Atlanta.
The Hall of Fame is asking for help in making this a first class endeavor as we honor the athletes who have achieved so much over more than a century of competition.
Atlanta Pride will certainly be embodied in our Hall of Fame.
In the coming weeks the Selection Committee will announce the first five to be so honored in a series of articles to run weekly in the Citizen Journal.
Readers will be remided of the sports history created by Atlanta athletes across a broad spectrum of competition.
Many memories of games and performances of years past will come back as the public begins to select candidates for the 2019 class.