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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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February 26, 1926

Tiger Flowers

He took a Bible with him into the ring. Dubbed the “Georgia Deacon,” he was the first black boxer to be middleweight champion of the world.

Theod...
September 07, 1923

Louise Suggs

One of the world's greatest women golfers, Mae Louise Suggs, was born in Atlanta. Comedian Bob Hope nicknamed her "Miss Sluggs." Golfer Ben Hogan called her the...
August 19, 1921

Ty Cobb Gets 3000th Hit

The man known as “the Georgia Peach” reached a major milestone on this day in 1921. At age 34, baseball great and Georgia native Ty Cobb got career hit numb...
December 14, 1920

Charley Trippi

The greatest college football player ever? Bear Bryant said he was. Even if he did play for Georgia.

Charley Trippi was born in Pennsylvania in 1...
October 10, 1920

Frank Sinkwich

He won the first Heisman Trophy ever awarded to a southern college football player. But Frank Sinkwich might never have played at the University of Georgia i...

December 21, 1911

Josh Gibson

He was known as the black Babe Ruth, and some consider him baseball’s all-time home run king.

Josh Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, in 191...
March 15, 1911

Ivan Allen, Jr.

He was Atlanta’s mayor for eight years in the 1960s, and he was the only Southern politician to testify in favor of the Civil Rights Act.

Ivan All...
May 30, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe

He was called the “World’s Fastest Human,” and he excelled on and off the track.

Ralph Metcalfe was born in Atlanta in 1910 and became one of ...
November 11, 1908

Bobby Dodd

He was one of only three people inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Robert Lee “Bobby” Dodd was a...
February 07, 1905

Wally Butts

Before Vince Dooley became synonymous with Georgia football, there was Wally Butts.

Known as the “Little Round Man,” Butts was born in Milledgev...

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