Box 17, Folder 6, Document 82

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Box 17, Folder 6, Document 82

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News Release
IVAN
ALL E N ,
M ayo r
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of Atlanta
Mrs. A nn Drummond
E x e cutive Secretary
October 20, 1964
FOR USE UPON RECEIPT
STATEMENT BY IVAN ALLEN., JR 91 MAYOR OF ATLANTA
The Braves are to be congratulated on making a brave decision • • •
to petition the National League to move their franchis e to Atlanta,
They have chosen to make the
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national pastime" truly national,
to give the 24 million people who live in thes e seven Southe aste rn States a
share in the major leagues.
The people of Atlanta, with t heir courage in building an $18, 000 , 000.
S t a diu m to att r act a major league team are also to be congratulate d.
They
re p res ent the n e w, dynamic south, which is no longer willing to b e side- lined
on the back benches .
Our Stadium is a s outhe rn pr oject, built on souther n soil, with
s ou th ern money, by southe rn a rchitects and c ontracto rs.
We feel it i s uniquely fitting that t his decision ha s been made t oday,
a date which marks alm ost e x actly .the centennial of the day when A tlanta
was left a n a s h s trewn ruin , sym bol of a re gion 's d efe a t.
Today we welcome t h e opportunity to become a s ymbol of southern
zest and drive, a major lea gue city, a major le a gue state, in a major league
regiono
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JR .

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