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CLASS OF 2005

 

DONN CLENDENON

Donn Clendenon was born in Neosho, Missouri, and became a multi-sport star Booker T. Washington High School after his family relocated to Atlanta. An incredible all-around athlete, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Morehouse College and received contract offers from the Cleveland Browns and the Harlem Globetrotters. However, Clendenon chose professional baseball and made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1961. He spent eleven seasons a major leaguer with the Pirates, Montreal Expos, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. He was MVP of the 1969 World Series as part of the New York Mets World Series Championship team. After baseball, Clendenon earned his law degree from Duquesne University and practiced law in Dayton, Ohio.

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BILL CORRY

Bill Corry grew up in Union Point and attended North Georgia College before serving in the Navy in World War II. After the war, he completed his undergraduate education at Piedmont College and ultimately earned a master’s degree from Peabody College and a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Georgia. He began his coaching and teaching career at Rockdale County High School and moved to Madison to work at Morgan County High School in 1953. He became Morgan County’s head football coach in 1956 and won an amazing four state championships (1956, 1958, 1959, and 1962) in just seven years between 1956 and 1962. During this time, he compiled a 78-6-3 record and achieved legendary status as a high school football coach. He continued his career as a successful teacher and administrator until his retirement in 1983. The football stadium at Morgan County High School is named in his honor.

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FRANK GLOVER, SR.

Dr. Frank Glover, Sr. was born in Macon and was a longtime educator and NFL Official. He was the first NFL official of any nationality from the South and the fourth African-American referee in the history of the league. He served seventeen years on the field and another seventeen years as an NFL Observer. He started out as a Field Judge and worked in that role for one season before he became a head linesman for the remainder of his career. Glover officiated 14 playoff games including Denver’s 34‐21 victory over Pittsburgh in 1977. He also served as head linesman for two Hall of Fame games. Prior to working in the NFL he officiated in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He retired from the Atlanta Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent after thirty-five years of service.

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ALFRED JENKINS

Alfred Jenkins grew up in Hogansville and went on to be a multi-sport star at Morris Brown College. He played one year with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League in 1974 before moving to the NFL and joining the Atlanta Falcons. Alfred would spend the next nine seasons with Atlanta through 1983. Jenkins was selected to the Pro Bowl during the 1980 and 1981 seasons. He led the Falcons in receiving five times and was the NFL’s leading receiver in catches (70), yards (1358), and touchdown catches (13) in 1981. He was key contributor to the first two playoff teams in Falcons franchise history, and one of the most popular Falcons player of all time. Alfred concluded his career with 360 catches, over 6000 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns. He also averaged an impressive 17.4 yards per catch.

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JAIME KAPLAN

Macon native Jamie Kaplan was named Stratford Academy's Best Senior Athlete in 1979 as a basketball and tennis standout. Jaime never lost a tennis match in high school and signed to play at the University of Georgia where she claimed an SEC doubles title in 198l. Transferred to Florida State where she was 1983 Metro Conference Singles and Doubles Champion. She was their first tennis player to qualify for the NCAA Championships. After College she played on the Professional Women’s Tennis Association from 1983-1989 where she won five Doubles titles. Jaime played at Wimbledon five times with her best performance coming in 1987, where she made the round of 16 in the mixed doubles. She had a best doubles ranking of 91 in the world. Jaime is one of Macon’s top volunteers engaging in many community projects. She has been a successful coach at her high school alma mater.

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KATRINA McCLAIN JOHNSON

Katrina McClain grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and led St. Andrews High School to a state basketball championship her senior year with a 30-0 record. McClain played collegiately at the University of Georgia, where she was a two-time All-American (1986, 1987) and won varsity letters all four years. In her freshman year, she was named to the Freshman All-American team, and was the first ever SEC Freshman of the year. She went on to become the National Player of the Year in 1987. While she was at Georgia, the team won the SEC twice. The team earned invitations to the NCAA Tournament every year in each of her four years, reaching the Sweet Sixteen twice, the Elite Eight once, and finishing as the national runner up in 1985. Her jersey #32 is retired by UGA. McClain was a three time Olympic Medalist as part of the U.S. Women’s team, winning Gold in 1988 and 1996 and Bronze in 1992. McClain played professionally internationally for several years and ended her professional career with the Atlanta Glory of the ABL. 

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LARRY MIZE

Larry Mize grew up in Augusta and played golf at Georgia Tech. Mize turned professional in 1980. He finished in the top 125 on the money list (the level needed to retain membership of the tour) for 20 seasons from 1982 to 2001. He had 10 professional wins in his career including 3 PGA Tour events and the 1987 Masters. Mize's Masters win was special because he was an Augusta native and had worked as a volunteer scorer at Augusta National’s third hole as a teenager. His Masters win and a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open in June briefly put him in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He was the 1987 Georgia Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Year. He also played in the 1987 Ryder Cup. Mize is a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

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LARRY MUNSON

Larry Munson grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and made his way south to Nashville as a young broadcaster, where he broadcast minor league baseball as well as football and basketball games for Vanderbilt University in the 1950s. In 1966, he became part of the first broadcast team for the Atlanta Braves, after the team moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee. That same year, he was hired to do the radio broadcasts for University of Georgia football after Ed Thilenius resigned to do Atlanta Falcons radio broadcasts. Munson remained the play-by-play voice of the Bulldogs until his retirement in 2008. He also served stints as play-by-play announcer for UGA basketball and the Atlanta Falcons during this time. He received many awards and honors during his long career, but he endeared himself to Georgia football fans for his distinctive voice, memorable calls, and his own love for the Bulldogs.

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MARK PRICE

Mark Price grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and was one of Bobby Cremins’ first prized recruits at Georgia Tech. With the new three-point line in play, Price led the league in scoring with 20.3 points per game his freshman year in 1982-1983. He was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-ACC selection. He led the Yellow Jackets to the ACC Tournament Championship and was the ACC Player of the Year in 1985. He holds multiple individual basketball records at Tech and his number 25 is retired. He played 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic. He was a four-time NBA All-Star with the Cavaliers and the team retired his number 25. Since his playing days, he has been a successful coach at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

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