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2004 INDUCTEES

Jeffrey Field
Jeffrey Field at the age of nine, Jeffrey Field was attacked by seven dogs on his grandparents' farm in Sparta, Ga. After hours of surgery, four doctors put over 1,000 stitches in his body to close up all of the dog bites. Miraculously, he was able to lead a normal life and excel in sports. As a youngster, he was an active participant in numerous sports activities with the YMCA and the Albany Recreation Department. Field, a 1977 graduate of Westover High School, earned eight letters in football, basketball, baseball and track in his high school career. Field played center for his sub-region basketball team champs then attended Boy's State in Dahlonega, Ga. During his senior year, Field was All City, All Region and All State in football. For his football team, he was team captain, was named Most Valuable Player, played five different positions and earned the coveted title of Athlete of the Year. Also that year, his baseball team was the region runner-up, and Field led his team in homeruns. Field was recruited and signed by Florida State University (FSU) to become a member of Coach Bobby Bowden's first signing class. He joined the roster that included fellow Albanians Brent Brock, Tom Brannon, Nate Henderson and Albany Hall of Fame member Bobby Jackson. During his stint as an offensive guard, the Seminoles played in the Tangerine Bowl, two Orange Bowls and ranked consistently in the top ten of college football. After his playing career, Field became a graduate assistant at FSU. He coached the offensive line on the Junior Varsity team. Following in the footsteps of his father, Albany Hall of Fame member Coach Pat Field, he began to volunteer. While at FSU, Field worked with the Florida Special Olympics and the Tallahassee Retarded Citizens Association. He also continued working with children in Albany at the YMCA and the Albany Recreation Department. Field is also a member of the Albany Rotary Club and the FSU Varsity Club. Upon his return to Albany, Field joined the Buffalo Rock Company. As a member of the Georgia Soft Drink Assoc. and the Albany Chamber of Commerce, Field served on the Easter Seals Board of Directors and is currently a board member of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame and the Deerfield-Windsor Board of Trustees. Field is also a member of Porterfield United Methodist Church. He is married to the former Sheri Gates. They have two children Gloria, 15 and Evans, 10.


Anne Grams
Anne Grams began swimming in 1956 at the age of 11 with the fledgling Albany Swim Team under Albany Sports Hall of Fame member Coach Frank Orgel. Another Hall of Fame member, B.B.Rhodes began coaching the team the following summer. As there was no high school swim team at the time, Grams participated in the occasional breaststroke event, in which she was mostly undefeated Grams and her team participated in Moultrie, Tifton, Bainbridge, Cairo, Tallahassee, Savannah and Atlanta. She earned approximately 20 Junior Olympic Championships at the Georgia State meet held at the University of Georgia. When she was 12 years old, Grams set a national record in the 50-yard freestyle. After the age of 15, Grams began helping coach other swimmers during the summer months. In 1960, Grams was selected as "Girl of the Year" and was co-valedictorian of her graduating class at Albany High School in 1965 and at Florida State University in 1968. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in mathematics from Catholic University in 1969 and her Doctoral from Florida State University in 1972. While at FSU, Grams began swimming again and participated with the Tarpon Synchronized Swimming Club then began teaching at the University of Tennessee at Nashville where she began participating in the Masters National Championship. She earned five first-place awards and one second place award. Overall, Grams has earned over 50 national medals and has been named to the All-American Swim Team -five times. She holds a number of national records, as well as state records in Florida, primarily in freestyle and butterfly events. She has set a world record in the butterfly event for Masters Swimming. Grams and her husband have four cliildren, all of whom swim and one of whom participates in regular competition.


Anthony Donald Laster
Beginning his athletic career at Dougherty Comprehensive High School, Anthony Donald "A.D." Laster went on to excel in athletics at Tennessee State University (TSU) and with the National Football League (NFL) playing for the Washington Redskins. From 1974 to 1977, Laster earned three letters throughout his high school career in track and field, basketball and football. He excelled in the field event of ''High Jumping," winning numerous first and second place awards over a period of three years. His career bests were a jump of six feet, six inches and earned the bronze medal in the State Regional Finals in 1977 with a jump of six feet, four inches. Laster played forward and center positions with the basketball team, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds. He earned the school's M.I.P Award in 1975, the Best One-on-One Player in 1976 and Best Defensive Player in 1977. The leading tight end on the school's first undefeated football B Team, Laster had 15 receptions and four touchdowns in the 1974 season. He and his team made it to the state semi-finals and the playoffs. Laster accepted a football and basketball scholarship to TSU in 1977. Over the next four seasons, he enjoyed a combined 36w and 9L regular season and two Division1 play-off games. He was awarded numerous "Player of the Week" awards, an MIP in 1978, Tennessee Sportsmanship of the Year award in 1980, and the 1981 Black College All-American 1st Team. He also started as right tackle of the south team in the 33rd Annual Senior Bowl Game, helping to beat the North Team by two touchdowns, after which he was named team captain. In the 1982 NFL dtaft, the Redskins only had five selections, with the highest being in the second round. After being ranked as one of the top five offensive tackles in the U.S., Laster was projected to place somewhere in the second or third round. After three days of hearing other players' names picked out of the draft, he received a few preliminary calls from different teams, and the Redskins wanted him but had no picks left. Shortly after that phone call, Laster received word that the Redskins had selected him as their 12th round pick, trading with the Saints to acquire a pick from a future draft. In his first season, Laster played and went with his team all the way to Super Bowl XVII. In the following year, they again played to the Super Bowl but lost the title. Laster also played with his team for two National Football Conference titles in 1982 and 1983. He completed his career with the Redskins in 1984, moving to the Detroit Lions' team until he was forced to retire in 1986 due to multiple injuries. Now, the Rev. Laster works in youth ministry at Lundy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Macon, Ga.


George C. Small, III
George C. Small, III began his athletic career in swimming and basketball in 1958 in Albany, Ga., at the YMCA. Recruited by Albany Hall of Fame member B.B. Rhodes, Small participated on the Albany Swim Team, excelling in freestyle and the breaststroke. He won many honors and trophies beginning with the 8 and under age group, placed first in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Small also earned many individual medals and trophies in city and invitation meets throughout the state. As a 12 and under age group swimmer, Small shared a record breaking performance with a Moultrie swimmer in the Golden Isles Swimming Championships at St. Simons Island in 1964. Competing in the 50-yard breaststroke event for boys, they swam the event in 35. 7 seconds, shattering a record set previously by an East Point swimmer in 1960. Small also began playing basketball at the YMCA at the age of six, moving on to participate on his junior high team where he lettered not only in basketball, but in baseball and football, as well. As a sophomore at Albany High School in 1966, he joined the basketball team, earning a position on the varsity team. He scored 329 points and averaged 12~80 points due to his six feet, five inches and skill as a rebounder. Small was named to the All-Tourney Team in Albany Christmas Invitation Tournament, and earned the Unanimous 1967-68 All-Star Choice in Region 1-AAA. He was voted Best in Eastern 1-AAA Region Division, selected as Albany's Most Valuable Player in basketball, and made the All-State and All-Region teams. Small was also named to the Atlanta Constitution All-State All-Classification Team by unanimous decision and led his team to State AAA Tournament in Atlanta. Small was the highest scorer with 86 points in four games. In the 1968-1969 season, Small was rated among the country's top 50 high school players in a pre-season magazine publication. He earned a total of 620 points his senior year with an average of 22.88 and 18 rebounds. For the three years he played basketball in high school, he scored a total of 1522 points. Described as one of the school's greatest basketball players of all time, Small signed a full basketball scholarship to Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) in Atlanta in 1969. As a freshman, he played forward with an average of 12.1 points per game and eight rebounds. In 1971, he and his team participated in the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City, beating three teams before losing to North Carolina. After college, Small began coaching youth basketball at the Albany YMCA, as well as coached and played on the basketball team at First Baptist Church. Currently, Small is a resiaent of Atlanta where he coaches his son's basketball team in the Cobb County Recreational League. He has worked for Georgia Pacific Corp. for more than 20 years.


Edward Lane Everett
Edward Lane Everett began his golfing career in 1955 as a Macon Junior City Champion at the age of 11. By 1965, he had become Macon City Amateur Champion, as well as in 1966 and 1968. Also during this latter time, Everett participated in the Middle Georgia Open Championship and the Low Amateur Macon Open and had become the captain of the Mercer University Golf Team. In 1968, he won the Inaugural Hoot Gibson Trophy during challenge cup matches. He was also a member of the Georgia State Golf Association multiple times. Everett made his professional golfing debut as he tied low in the Professional Pot-0-Gold tournament in 1969. He won the championship again in 1982 and 1986. In 1996, 1998-2000, and 2002- 2003, he participated in the Pot-0-Gold Senior Professional. In 1973, he became the Cannongate Classic champion and also the head pro-golfer at Doublegate Country Club. After earning the Rose City Championship for 1973, 1975 and 1976, he played on the PGA tour in the Georgia PGA Match Play Championship in 1989. Everett also became the Central Chapter Georgia PGA Champion .in 1990 and 2001, as well as the Georgia PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award in 1993. In 1990 he was the Perry Classic winner and the Griffin Classic winner in 1995. In 1990, 1998, 1999 arid 2003, Everett placed as the winner with the Dan Parrish Pro-member tournament. Everett was the Georgia PGA Senior Champion in 1994, 1996-98 and 2000-2003. In two of those years, 2000 and 2002, and in 1995 he was the Georgia PGA Senior-Junior Champion. he enjoyed status as the Georgia Senior Open champion in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2003, as well as second place'in the alternate years. In 1997, Everett became the National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship Winner. Everett has a)so earned other awards including induction into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Additionally, in the· same year he was name Georgia PGA Senior Player of the Year. In 2003 he was awarded the Georgia PGA Distinguished Service Award. Beyond participating in professional golf tournaments, Everett has also been a member of the Magnolia Cup Team and the Georgia PGA Challenge Cup Team on many occasions. He has also coached for Westover high School, Deerfield-Windsor High School and Darton College golf teams. He also taught for the Discovery Program for Juniors, as well as the Continuing Education Golf Class for Adults and the Academic Golf Class at Darton College. A graduate of Mercer University, Everett married Jane Canady in 1969. They have four children - Ed Everett Jr,; Stephen, Clayton and Jennifer.
Board of Directors
 
Wilfred Benson, Phil Franklin, David Hester,
Phil Franklin, Jeffery Field, Bobby Stanford, 
Aileen Conner, David Guillebeau, Dee Mathews, Brandon Seely, Ducky Wall, Frank Orgel, John Davis,  Joe James, B.B. Rhodes, John Vansant, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Paul Robertson, Wilber Wright, Milton Griffin, Sonny Lofton, Michelle Oaks, Johnny Seabrooks.
 
Selection Committee
 
   (front row, from left) Jerry Clark, Shirley Brown, Lynn Haggerty, B.B. Rhodes -co-chair, (second row) Paul Eames, Harold Dean Cook, Joe James, Bobby Stanford, (third row) John Duke, Frank Orgel- cochair and Johnny Seabrooks. Not pictured are Gordon Dixon, Milton Griffin, Ferrell Henry, Glenn Singfield, and Margaret Jo Hogg - secretary.
 
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