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The Great 1959 Season


State AAA Champions!!!



... it takes a great team!

NOTE: This very old copy of an incomplete article published in the Albany Herald (no date available) was read by Evelyn Butler Clifton ('50) at the last Blackbeard's Gathering in Albany GA.  Hopefully it will all open so that you can read this delightful time in our history ... read from left to right ...

It'll be the old against the new ... when a collection of former AHS football stars tangle with the

1949 Varsity!!!






Baseball Team 1952

FRONT ROW:  Motie Wiggins, Cleve Clark, Tommy Mansfield, Don Shephard, Leslie "Bubba" Whitaker, Robert "Goo Goo" Heidt, and Harry Tallman
BACK ROW:  Coach Pat Field, Jimmy Starr, Price Lee Westbrook, Jerry Clark, Johnny Paulk, Billy Whittle, Howard Law, Harold Dean Cook, Jimmy Houston, Lee Payton, Jimmy Peak, Mgr. and Jack Olds

Basketball Team - 1953

Basketball Jr. Varsity


BIG CHIEF at a 1963 Rally

(uncropped photo will more than fill your screen - but we left it large so that - if you were in the crowd - you'll be able to see!)

(cropped photo)

This photo was taken in 1952 after Albany had defeated Richmond Academy of Augusta for the South Georgia AA Championship. You can recognize quarterback Mack Garrett to the rear of Coach Reid.  To the right is center Harold Dean Cook. Peeking over Coach Reid`s shoulder is Billy Baumgartel. You can see just parts of his number (2) . The final score was 15 to 14. The game ended in a tie and Albany won on the Penetration System used to resolve ties. Albany gained 5 yards or so more than Richmond Academy  Richmond Academy tied the game in the final minute or so. When Albany got the ensuing kickoff everyone expected them to throw the ball. They didn`t. Billy Baumgartel ran the ball and gained 10 yards or so. This was the difference in the game.

Mack Garrett ('53)

What is remarkable is that Albany did this without Goo Goo Heidt. He had injured his knee a couple of games before and did not play. I remember he dressed but remained on the sidelines. It would have been a much different game had he played. Albany lost the State Championship the next week to Murphy of Atlanta. Had Goo Goo been able to play......there would have been another trophy in the well-stocked trophy case in the gym.

~ Bobby Mallard ('55)

Coach Cleve Clark at his first coaching job in Cuthbert, GA and head coach, Bob


Bobby Russ ('52 - deceased)

This is the 1933 Albany, GA. High School Basketball Team

by Chester Green, Class of 1933

We won all of our 19 games during the regular season, as well as the 4 games for the District Meet; but did lose in the State Semifinals. We placed 4 men on the All District Squad and 2 men All-State. Actually, I think Coach Lee coached basketball very successfully at AHS for at least 5 seasons. As you mention, he was involved with Football and Track his first year or two. Not a good photo but I will try to find something better. I was Captain and All-State Guard of the 1933 team and second player from the right on front row with Coach Lee behind me. As a Senior I was in one of his High School Classes and I believe it was Economics.


1944 Football Champs 

1944 Program for Champs 

1925 AHS Baseball Team




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