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April 12, 2004
Georgians weigh in on sports*
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April 12, 2004

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Georgians weigh in on sports*

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3 Keith Jackson
The broadcaster, who's announced college football for 38 years for ABC, grew up on a farm in Roopville.

Ted Turner's Atlanta superstation pioneered the concept of transmitting programs by satellite to distant cable systems, making telecasts of his Braves available in every corner of the U.S.

5 Centennial Olympic Park
Built for the '96 Atlanta Games and scene of a bomb blast during the Olympics, it's now a centerpiece of the city's downtown.

6 Gwinnett County
The county northeast of Atlanta wins SI Sportstown honors for having the state's best community sports programs.

7 Dawsonville
The birthplace of stock car racing (bootleggers raced one another here as far back as the 1930s) is also the hometown of NASCAR driver Bill Elliott.

8 Sanford Stadium
The 92,020-seat home of University of Georgia football is famous for the hedges behind the sidelines, the Bulldogs' on-field success (.735 winning percentage at home) and the passion of the crowds that jam the 75-year-old venue in Athens on autumn Saturdays. Sanford also has a place in Olympic history: It hosted the medal rounds in soccer at the 1996 Atlanta Games.


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Bobby Jones, Golfer
The Atlanta native and Augusta National cofounder is the only player to complete a Grand Slam in a calendar year, winning the 1930 British Open, British Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. After victories in 13 majors between 1923 and '30, he retired at age 28.

Ty Cobb, Baseball player
The fiery outfielder from Royston was one of the five original Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. In 24 seasons the Georgia Peach won 12 AL batting titles, the 1909 Triple Crown and the '11 MVP award. He holds the major league record for career batting average (.367).

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