Gerald Riggs, Andruw Jones, Leo Mazzone among 5 inductees to Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame


Five new members of the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted Friday night as part of its 2018 class.

Here’s a look at the people who will be inducted in the organization’s 14th annual ceremony:The five inductees for the Class of 2018 are:

  • Joe Hamilton –Played quarterback for Georgia Tech from 1996 to 1999. Set Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) career records for total offense (10,640 yards), touchdown passes (65) and total touchdowns (83). As a senior in 1999, was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, won the Davey O’Brien Award, and was the runner-up for the Heisman. MVP of 1997 Carquest Bowl, and 1999 & 2000 Gator Bowl.

31 Oct 1998: Joe Hamilton #14 of the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets steps back after the snap during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at NFL Stadium/Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Georgia Tech defeated Maryland 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

  • John “Whack” Hyder – Lettered in baseball, basketball, track, and cross country at Georgia Tech (1933-37), then became Georgia Tech head basketball coach from 1951-73. He is the second winningest coach in Tech basketball history with 292 wins. Led the Yellow Jackets to their 1st ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1960. In 1971, Georgia Tech reached the NIT championship game.
  • Andruw Jones – Anchored the Atlanta Braves outfield from 1996-2007. He was a 5× All Star and and 10× Gold Glove Award winner while with the Braves. Jones breakout season was in 2005 winning the Silver Slugger Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award, MLB home run leader (51 HRs), and NL RBI leader (128 RBIs).

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  • Leo Mazzone –Atlanta Braves pitching coach from 1990-2005. His dominant pitchers anchored the Braves’ run of 14 consecutive division titles (1991-2005), 5 National League pennants and the 1995 World Series championship. Between 1991 and 1998, 3 of his pitchers won a total of 6 Cy Young Awards. lists Leo as number one on the list of “Top 10 Assistant Coaches of All-Time”.

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 31: Pitching coach Leo Mazzone #54 of the Atlanta Braves talks strategy with Kent Mercker during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 31, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Craig Melvin/Getty Images)

  • Gerald Riggs –Falcons first round draft pick in 1982. Riggs made the Pro Bowl 3 times while with the Falcons (from 1985 to 1987). His best season was in 1985, when he rushed for 1,719 yards and ten touchdowns, while also catching 33 passes for 267 yards. In his 7 years with the Falcons, he rushed for 6,631 yards, making him the franchise all-time leading rusher. Member of Falcons Ring of Honor.

18 Sep 1988: Fullback Gerald Riggs of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Falcons won the game 34-17.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

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