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Baseball Hall of Fame - Norcross, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
N 33° 56.556 W 084° 12.693
16S E 757718 N 3759294
Quick Description: Museum located in the Norcross City Hall highlighting the local baseball hero's and teams since the town was founded.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 8:57:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM4519
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 53

Long Description:
In 1994, with the goal of preserving local baseball history, several men organized the Norcross Old Timers Baseball Association. Why Norcross? Well, believe it or not, this once tiny railroad town boasted 16 players who signed professional contracts between 1910 and 1950 - more than any other town, per capita, in the good old U.S.A.! Two sets of brothers, Ivy and "Red" Wingo and Roy and Cleo Carlyle played in the major leagues and Troyce Cofer signed in AAA ball and played a season for the Atlanta Crackers, as best the Old Timers and old newspapers can recall.

Visitors can stroll a few short steps over to the original playing field, now Lillian Webb Field, and read a sign marking the distance of the longest recorded homerun, 618 feet, hit July 4, 1929 in Oakland California by Home town hero, Roy Carlyle. Carlyle was raised in and returned to Norcross, running a local business up until his death. He is buried in the Norcross City cemetery, located across Buford Highway and within view of the ball field, along with other turn of the century Hall of Fame notables.

Several city streets are named for the most famous of these players. Some childhood homes are located along them and are well marked as historical.

Located in the rotunda of City Hall, the Norcross Baseball Hall of Fame is a wonderful display of local baseball memorabilia including a vintage uniform, autographed bats and balls, several fine trophies, and many stories worth telling and re-telling.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Admission Prices:
free


Hall of Fame website URL: [Web Link]

Time Required for Full Experience: Under 1 hour

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