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Joseph Bean compiled a sports resume that included stints as a major league baseball player, college basketball and baseball coach, athletic trainer, track-meet official, basketball referee, boxing promoter, and athletic-club administrator, all during his 50-plus year career. In 1902, Bean made his major-league debut at the Polo Grounds as shortstop for the New York Giants. After his playing days ended, Bean moved to Atlanta in 1910 and became Athletic Director and multi-sport coach at Marist College. He was also appointed athletic director of the Atlanta Athletic Club, a home for amateur athletes that Bean would soon mold into the pre-eminent basketball power of the South. In 1914 he became head basketball coach at the University of Georgia, balancing duties in Athens with his continuing responsibilities as athletic director at both Marist and the Atlanta Athletic Club. In three seasons at the university, Bean’s teams went 33-16-1, bringing home the unofficial 1914 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) title. After leaving the Bulldogs program, Bean took over as head baseball coach at Georgia Tech, winning a SIAA crown in 1920 with a 16-2 record. 

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Wylie Owen (W.O.) Cheney was principal at Atlanta’s Tech High School from 1921 to 1947. Under his guidance, Tech proved to be a valuable training ground for future athletes and business leaders. Among the graduates that attended Tech under Cheney’s watch were architect John Portman, Tech High Class of 1943 and a fullback on the 1942 football team. Bobby Jones, the winner of golf’s Grand Slam; Lester Maddox, who became governor of Georgia; Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A; and Dr. Sid Williams, who founded Life Chiropractic College and was an All-American at Georgia Tech. Another grad, Bill Paschal led the National Football League in rushing and Marty Marion was an All-Star shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cheney was also instrumental in helping establish the Georgia Interscholastic Association which eventually merged into the Georgia High School Association. Cheney Stadium in Atlanta is named in his honor and plays host to Atlanta Public Schools Track & Field Meets. 

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Quinton Lumpkin was a standout athlete in multiple sports. He was named an All Georgia Interscholastic Athletic Association selection in two sports: football in 1933 and 1934 and basketball in 1934 while at Lanier High School in Macon. He played college football at the University of Georgia where he anchored the offensive line at center. Lumpkin was named team captain and named to the 1938 ALL SEC First Team by the Associated Press. He finished his career in Athens as a three year letterman. 

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Carnesville native George “Pub” Phillips was a standout performer at Georgia Tech where he was a three-year football letterman. He was a starter for the 1916 Georgia Tech team which included the most lopsided game in college football history, Tech’s 222 to 0 rout of Cumberland College. He was a member of Tech's first National Championship team in 1917 which outscored opponents 491 to 17. He left to join the American effort in the First World War as a marine just a week after celebrating the National Championship. Phillips was the first Tech center named All-Southern Conference and he was All-American in 1916 and 1917. Phillips coached the University School for Boys in Stone Mountain. He became a top college football official working games in both the Southern and Southeastern Conference. Phillips was a co-founder of the Georgia Football Officials Association.

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Jack Roberts was a quite a prep standout at Gainesville High School between 1946-1949, having received All-State honors in football, baseball, basketball and track. In baseball, Roberts hurled 4 no-hitters in high school and went on to play baseball and football for the Georgia Bulldogs. As a pitcher, he led the Georgia baseball team to a 1953 SEC title, going 8-2 with a then school record 87 strikeouts. He was also All-SEC for the ‘Dawgs football team in 1953. Following his graduation, Roberts was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He later played for their Triple-A club Rochester club as well as returning to Georgia for a stint with the Atlanta Crackers. He put his professional baseball career on hold to serve with the United States Air Force from 1956-58. 

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 Augusta’s Sidney Scarborough was the last in a long line of successful football coaches at Atlanta’s Tech High School. In three seasons, Scarborough complied a

26-6-1 record that included the Smithies Class AA State Championship in 1946. Sidney was also Head Baseball Coach at the school. Scarborough would eventually hold the position of Athletic Director of Atlanta Schools. He also served on the National High School Football Rules Committee and he served as chair of the football committee of the Georgia High School Association.

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