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Atlanta proudly acknowledges its title of
unofficial Capital Of The Southeast. Our's
is an enthused and energetic city. We are
enjoying remarkable progress because we
have plotted our course carefully.
Our preparations to accommodate a profess-
ional football team have been thorough. We
have not only a young, sports-minded popula-
tion, but new and impressive facilities.
While Atlanta is unique among the South's
major cities, it typifies all of them in one
respect: We want professional sports. Like
our neighboring cities, we produce a
significant number of athletes each year
who, following graduation from colleges or
universities, pack-up to thrill sport fans
in far away places.
These athletes participate in professional
football, basketball and baseball. Despite
our capacity for producing them, we have
80 far been able to enjoy their performances
only through news dispatches and broadcasts
from cities in the North and in the West.
Atlantians want a professional team of their
own, and steps have been taken to enhance
their prospects. A twenty-five year contract
has been signed with the Milwaukee Braves of
the National League to play baseball in Atlanta
beginning in 1966.
We feel fortunate indeed that Cox Broadcasting
and WSB Radio and WSB Television in particular,
are playing a leading role in our city's quest for
professional sports. We are further pleased
that they have directed their interest toward
securing an American League team.
Ivan Allen, Ir.
Mayor, City of Atlanta