August 28, 2015

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Welcome to our website, please take time to view our tribute to the Greater Savannah Georgia area's finest athletes.

Savannah Georgia has contributed greatly to the US and International sports scene. Savannah has provided proud representatives in all of the major league sports and Olympics. Savannah boasts an annual average temperature of 66 degrees with only 49 inches of annual rainfall makes it an ideal location for outdoor sports.



The Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame (GSAHOF) inducted four athletes and two Citation recipients and also honored Gordon "Batman" Varnadoe with a Special Award during its 44th annual induction ceremony and banquet on May 6, 2013 at the Savannah Civic Center. Click on the link to view and/or purchase photos from the event. 44th Awards Banquet Photos


The athletes inducted include former Savannah Country Day School and University of Georgia tennis standout Lane Curlee; former Tompkins High and University of Southern California defensive tackle Larry Nunnally, who helped win a national championship and the 1975 Rose Bowl by defeating Ohio State; former Beach High and University of Western Carolina basketball star Wilson Scott, who helped propel Beach to the 1967 Class AAA state championship in the first year that schools for black students were allowed to compete in the Georgia High School Association tournament; and former SCPS and East Tennessee State football standout Robbie White, one of the few athletes to capture both the Lawton M. Calhoun Award and the Ashley Dearing Award which both recognize athletic excellence.


The GSAHOF presented Citations to John Pearson Deloach, whose name became synonymous with athletics in the early '70's during his decades of service to the city in the planning, development, construction and operation of the city’s parks and athletic complexes, and Carl Middleton, who in more than 45 years of service to Beach High School, successfully coached football, track and field, basketball and softball and served as athletic director.


Abram “Pete” Palefsky and Bernie Kramer were also inducted by the GSAHOF and were presented with the Special Award. Nicknamed “The Gold Dust Twins,” Palefsky and Kramer made an indelible mark on Savannah as athletes and community leaders.


The 2013 Lawton M. Calhoun Athletic Award for the city’s most outstanding high school athlete was presented to Patricia Forrester. Patricia will be remembered as one of the most accomplished swimmers ever to grace the waters of the Chatham County Aquatic Center. Also the GSAHOF recognized Savannah's best male and female high school athletes in fall, winter and spring sports and were recognized and rewarded for their athletic accomplishments.  


Tim Quarterman - Sol C. Johnson High School (Boy’s Basketball)

Alexus Parker - Calvary Day School (Girl’s Basketball)

Tyler Lee - Islands High School (Boy’s Soccer)

Baley Jackson - Saint Vincent’s Academy (Girl’s Soccer)

Brad Stewart - Benedictine Military School (Football)

Chandler Ewalden - Savannah Christian Preparatory School (Volleyball)

Ryan Lawlor - Calvary Day School (Baseball)

Brooke Eichenlaub - Savannah Christian Preparatory School (Softball)



The GSAHOF will hold its 45th Annual Awards Banquet on May 5th, 2014 at 7:00 at the Savannah Civic Center. If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Earl Etheridge. He can be reached at 351-3852 or 3853 or


In the spring of 1965, a group of sports-minded Savannahians met for a luncheon meeting. This group of individuals founded the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame.

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The Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that help recognizes athletes of the Greater Savannah Area.The efforts to recognize these outstanding athletes is largely a all-volunteer effort.  Our primary source of funding is from the generous contributions of our supporters.

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The Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame wants to thank you for participating in our nominating process. The GSAHF has been in existence since 1966. As Savannah’s Athletic Hall of Fame, we take pride in chronicling the rich and storied history of sports in Savannah.

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Athletic Inductees

The GSAHOF was established in 1965 to recognize the achievements of athletes from Savannah who competed and succeeded at an elite level in their chosen sports during their athletic careers.

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Citation Honorees

Citation Honorees, which can also be organizations, are honored for contributions to athletics through coaching, financial support, moral support and instruction.

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Lawton M. Calhoun Award

This award is presented annually to the outstanding athlete from Chatham County as selected by the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame Honors Court. The award was established to honor Mr. Calhoun for his long time support of Coastal Empire athletics, both amateur and professional, from the civic, corporate, and personal level; and for his staunch help in this organization’s development.

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