Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
One of the top golfers in the world for a number of years, Tommy Aaron’s biggest international victory was the 1973 Masters Tournament.
Aaron won every level of golf competition from a state championship at Gainesville High School in 1955 all the way to a Senior PGA Tour victory in 1992.
A member of the U.S. Walker Cup team and two U.S. Ryder Cup teams, Aaron also won the Canadian Open, the Atlanta Classic, and top overseas events in France and Japan.
Aaron won two SEC championships and was named All-American while at the University of Florida.
Considered by many to be the greatest major league baseball player in the history of the game, Ty Cobb was born in Royston, Georgia in 1886.
Cobb played 24 years in the major leagues with Detroit and Philadelphia and batted over .300 in 23 of those seasons.
His career stretched from 1905 through 1928 and he had a lifetime batting average of .367, stole 892 bases while playing in a total of 3,032 games.
Cobb is a member of the major league Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dawson County, known to many as the birthplace of stock car racing, is also the birthplace of Bill Elliott, one of the superstars of the popular sport.
Voted time and again by racing fans as the most popular driver on NASCAR’s Winston Cup circuit, Elliott has won all of his sport’s biggest races and quickly became a living stock car legend while still competing.
The Winston Cup Points Champion in 1988 because of his ultra-successful career, Elliott is known by many nicknames such as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” and “Million Dollar Bill.”
A multiple All-American on three levels of baseball competition, Billy Wilson was named a high school All-American as an outstanding outfielder and hitter on the Gainesville High School state champion baseball team of 1978. He was also captain and MVP as a linebacker on the GHS football team.
He went on to become a junior college All-American at South DeKalb College and an NCAA All-American at West Georgia College.
Wilson also played on the Gainesville Post 7 American Legion team that won state championships two years running and, in 1979, won the Southeastern Regional Championship and was the first Georgia team to reach the Legion World Series.
After starring in three sports at Gainesville High School, Billy Martin went on to be named All-American as an offensive and defensive end at Georgia Tech in 1963.
Martin played for the National Football League where he was a standout tight-end for the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Minnesota Vikings.