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CLASS OF 1978

 

VINCE DOOLEY

Vince Dooley grew up in Mobile, Alabama and after attending the McGill Institute, he headed to Auburn to play football for legendary coach Shug Jordan. Dooley began his coaching career in 1956 as an assistant coach at Auburn, and was actually offered the head coaching job after Jordan retired. But Dooley declined the offer and was hired at Georgia in 1964. Over the next 25 years, Dooley’s teams averaged over eight wins a year, won six Southeastern Conference championships (1966, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982) and one National Championship in 1980. Five times he was named SEC Coach of the Year, and he won the Walter Camp Coach of the Year and Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year awards once. Overall, Dooley compiled a 201-77-10 record. At the time of his retirement, he was the second-winningest coach in SEC history, behind only Bear Bryant. Vince left coaching to become the school’s Athletic Director. During his tenure in that role, the Bulldogs won a total of 23 National Championships and 78 SEC crowns. Dooley is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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TIM FLOCK

Julius Timothy (Tim) Flock was born in Ft. Payne, Alabama in 1924. He came from a racing family with both of his brothers, Bob and Fonty competitive drivers. In fact Tim’s sister Ethel Mobley was NASCAR’s second female driver. In NASCAR’s first official season of 1949, Tim finished 8th in the points standings while his brothers finished fifth and third. But in 1952, Tim turned the tables winning his first championship. In 1955, he was dominant, posting 18 wins, 32 top-fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967. Flock had a rhesus monkey co-driver named "Jocko Flocko" with him in his May 16, 1953 Grand National win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever. In 187 career starts, Tim Flock had 39 victories, a total that still ranks in the top 20 on the all-time wins list.

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JIMMY ORR

James Edward (Jimmy) Orr Jr. was born in Seneca, South Carolina and his football skills earned him a scholarship to the University of Georgia. In 1955 and 1957, Orr led the SEC in pass receptions. The Los Angeles Rams selected Orr as a future pick in the 25th round of the 1957 NFL Draft, following his junior year. He played only briefly in the 1958 preseason, then was traded to the Steelers before the regular season began. Orr was the UPI NFL Rookie of the Year in 1958 when he had 33 receptions for 910 yards and seven touchdowns and also punted. The following season, Orr moved on to Baltimore and teamed with quarterback Johnny Unitas to form a potent passing offense. Orr averaged 19.8 yards per catch, at a time when the long-passing game had yet to become a staple of N.F.L. offenses, and amassed 7,914 yards on 400 career receptions. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and named first team All Pro in 1965. Jimmy retired in 1971 following the Colts win over Dallas in Super Bowl V.

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NOLEN RICHARDSON

Clifford Nolen Richardson was born in Chattanooga then moved to Georgia where Nolen was the captain of all three sports he played at Atlanta’s Tech High School (baseball, basketball and football). His talents led him to the University of Georgia where he was a captain of both the baseball and basketball team. The Detroit Tigers signed him in July of 1926 and sent him up to the big-league squad so that manager Ty Cobb could get a good look at his fellow Georgia resident. He played for the Detroit Tigers (1929, 1931-32), New York Yankees (1935) and Cincinnati Reds (1938-39). In 168 career games, Richardson collected 117 hits in 473 at bats for a .247 batting average. When not on a Major League roster, Richardson was the shortstop and team captain of the 1937 Newark Bears, which is widely regarded as the best in Minor League Baseball history. Afterwards, Richardson became the head baseball coach at his college alma mater 1951.

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HAROLD SARGENT

Harold Sargent was born in Maryland and moved to Atlanta when he was nineteen in 1932.  He was handpicked by Bobby Jones to be head golf professional at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake facility in 1947. Harold’s father had also held that position and he too was selected by Jones. For over 30 years, Harold served as a golf professional. George and Harold Sargent are the only father-son tandem ever to hold the distinction of serving as president of the PGA of America. In 1963, Harold was instrumental in helping bring the Ryder Cup matches to East Lake. He also served on the Masters Rules committee and was the architect of the PGA’s teaching manual. In 1972, the Georgia PGA named Harold the Golf Professional of the Year.

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ALEXA STIRLING FRASER

Alexa Stirling Fraser may be best known as Bobby Jones’ childhood golfing partner, but she was a very good player in her own right earning the nicknames: “The First Lady of East Lake” and “The Empress of Golf.” Alexa won her first title at East Lake at the young age of 12. In 1916, she won the first of her three U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. When the Championship resumed after World War I, she successfully defended her crown in 1919 and ‘20, and placed second in that same tournament in 1921, ‘23 and ‘25.  In 1920 and ‘34 she won the Canadian Women’s Open, and she finished second in 1922 and ‘25.  Throughout her life she maintained her interest in golf and was as an honorary member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. 

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DOUG WYCOFF

Douglas Wycoff prepped in Little Rock, Arkansas, and came to Georgia Tech becoming the school's first letterman in four sports. Wycoff was a fullback for Coach Bill Alexander from 1923 to 1925 serving as team captain in ’25. He was a consensus All-Southern choice each year he played and first-team All-American in 1924. Wycoff played professionally in the old AFL, first for the Newark Bears. Doug also played for the New York Giants, Staten Island Stapletons, and Boston Redskins in the National Football League. In his ten year career he rushed for 780 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also served as player-coach for two seasons while with Staten Island. Wycoff was an excellent kicker and punter throughout his pro career. He’s a member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

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