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Masters brings back memories of past champions

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AUGUSTA – Last week was one for reminiscing about milestone victories — principally, Jack Nicklaus winning his sixth Green Jacket here in 1986 and Gary Player becoming the first international winner fifty years ago.

In the last 25 years — since Nicklaus won his 18th major — all Masters, except 1997 when Tiger Woods won by 12 strokes over Tom Kite (270 to 282), have been decided by five strokes or fewer. There have been eight playoffs during this time, and more often than not only one or two strokes separated the competitors who finished first and second. Read More»

Spring training travels: The ghosts of Dodgertown remain . . .

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VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgertown is still here, but there are no Dodgers. No fresh-faced rookies who would give their birthright to make the team, no graying veterans trying to stretch one more season out of aging legs.

While that is hard to imagine, what depresses us all is that there remains a street sign that says Vin Scullly Way, a thoroughfare named for the incomparable Dodger announcer and streets named for Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax who are still with us. Read More»

Bobby Cox, out of the spotlight, but not out of place

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – You see Bobby Cox moving about the Braves’ spring training complex with the same soft smile, the same bad-knees-gait and accommodating demeanor as in the past. It’s just that he is not in uniform.

If you were to turn up at the Los Angeles Dodger training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., it would not come as a surprise to see Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the Dodgers, cavorting about in his familiar No. 2. Lasorda once said: “I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.” Read More»

What is special about unspectacular Ray Goff

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Ray Goff’s name never set the record books ablaze, not even in the seventies, his time as Georgia’s quarterback. He didn’t earn his keep by throwing the football, which is the route to statistical honor, but he had abundant passing superlatives as a high school signal caller, which enhanced his quarterback reputation. Read More»

Remembering Jack Bush, ‘a damn good Dog’

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At the conclusion of the graveside service at Oconee Hill cemetery, where many Georgia football lettermen are interred, Jack Bush’s son-in-law John Parker stood up and invited all those in attendance to a reception, noting that it would be “Jack Bush’s last tailgate party.”

When friends gathered at the Sexton House at the entrance to the cemetery, there was a sign, noting that it was a tailgate party in memory of one of Georgia’s most loyal friends who best could be described as a Damn Good Dog. Read More»

The Sydney Lanier Bridge

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BRUNSWICK – If ever a structure were appropriately named, it is the Sidney Lanier Bridge, which spans the South Brunswick River on U.S. Highway 17. And if the bearded poet, a native Georgian, could stand at the crest of the mass of concrete and steel of the cable-stayed bridge and visually survey the marshes of Glynn, in both directions, he would surely be overcome by the view. Read More»

A crossroads filling station, Harry’s, good cold beer

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With the years cruising by, reminiscing commands a good portion of my time when I am moving about. Went back home recently and drove by a crossroads store that has succumbed into a state of disrepair. Abandoned long ago, it outlived its usefulness.

I recalled a time when it was a thriving place of business. A gathering place. People stopped for gas, pumping from one of those tanks where there was a glass globe on top. The gasoline churned about as the pump was engaged. If you like rap music, you have no idea what I am talking about. Read More»

Whatever your politics, you will be moved by Infantry Museum

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FT. BENNING – No matter the advances in equipment and tactics in a high-tech military world, in the end the ground troops, the foot soldiers, must close the deal.

Here on a wooded, 200-acre plot, a $100 million museum has been erected in tribute to the infantrymen of the Untied States Army. You could make a case that it is the greatest military show on earth and reminds you that the Army will always have a defining role in war. Read More»

Here, Gene Autry is singing ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’

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WEST POINT — The dateline is misleading. West Point is about seven or eight miles from The Crossroads Store, an antiques enclave that pretty much straddles the Harris and Troup County lines.

A flyer notes that “The old rock store at Jones Crossroads has been at the center of rural commerce in this area since 1903.” It is located at the intersection of Ga. highways 18 and 219. I came this way taking a shortcut from I-185, near Pine Mountain, to LaGrange. When I spied two oldtimers sitting in the afternoon sun on the front porch of the old store, I knew I had to take a closer look. Read More»

On Jim Minter, a newspaperman with the right stuff

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JST. SIMONS ISLAND – While Jim Minter was making his way from sportswriter to editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his wife, Anne, found compatibility with real estate sales.

After sons Rick and Rob entered high school, Anne had more time for work and eventually owned a very successful real estate agency. Jim always had a knack for finding a good story, and Anne knew a good real estate deal when she saw one, which led to the purchase several years ago of a condo at St. Simons. Read More»

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