Box 17, Folder 7, Document 40

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Box 17, Folder 7, Document 40

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News Release
IVAN
ALLEN,
JR.
Mayor of Atlanta
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Mrs. Ann Drummond
Executive Secretary
October 20, 1964
FOR USE UPON R E CEIPT
STATEMENT BY IVAN ALLENJ JR o, MAYOR OF ATLANTA
The B r ave s are to be congr.atulated on making a brave decision
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t o petit ion t h e National League to move their franchise to Atlanta.
They have chosen to make the
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national pastime 11 truly national,
to g i ve t h e 24 million people who live in these seven Southeastern States a
share in the major leagues,
The peopl e of Atlanta, with their courage in building an $18, 000, 000.
Stadium to attract a major league team are also to be congratulated,
They
r epresent the n e w, dynamic south, which is no longer willing to be side-lined
on the back benches.
Our Stadium is a southern project, built on southern soil, with
southern money , by southern architects and contractors.
We feel i t is uniquely fitting that this decision has been made today,
a date which marks almost exactly the centennial of the day when Atlanta
w as le ft an a s h str e wn ruin, symbol of a region's defeat.
Today we we lcome the opportunity to become a symbol of southern
ze s t and d r i ve , a major l e ague city, a major league state , in a major league
regi ono
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