Top 5 Athletes from Macon Georgia
Georgia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their home state well. This list boasts some of the many well known athletes from Macon, Georgia.
1. CHARLES TIDWELL
Charles Tidwell or “The Flying B” was born in Lizella, Georgia and raised in Macon, Georgia.He attended Virgil Powers Elementary School and Lanier High School in Macon, Georgia. Tidwell was an American race car driver, best known for his career driving stock cars in the NASCAR. He lost his hearing during his racing career and was very likely the first totally deaf racecar driver. Tidwell began his early career in stock cars when he entered numerous races at the Central City Park racetrack. After the WWII, he owned Tidwell's Used Cars on Broadway in Macon, Georgia with his father, Charlie. He also owned the T&T Garage at 4007 Broadway in Macon, Georgia until his retirement in 1977.
2. RUSS HENLEY
Henley was born in Macon, Georgia in 1985 and is a graduate of Stratford Academy. He later went on to play college golf for four years at the University of Georgia. Henley made his professional debut at the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Golf Classic in September 2011. He became the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut in 12 years with a record-setting performance at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii. Henley finished at 24-under-par, 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open scoring record. It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III at the Valero Texas Open in 2003. The win gave him an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship.
3. JOHNNY "BLUE MOON" ODOM
Johnny Lee Odom was a former Major League Baseball pitcher who won three consecutive World Series championships with the Oakland Athletics in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He was nicknamed Blue Moon in grade-school by a classmate who thought Odom's round face resembled the moon. Odom led Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon, Georgia to two consecutive state championships while amassing a 42-2 record and pitching eight no-hitters. He signed with the Kansas City Athletics upon graduation. Johnny Lee “Blue Moon” Odom was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
*Photo Credit: Matt Odom Photography
4. JOHN ROCKER
John Rocker was a graduate of First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia. Rocker threw three no-hitters during his high-school career at FPD. After high school, Rocker was soon drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. In 1998, he was promoted to the major league club. In Rocker's first season in the Major Leagues, he was 1–3 with a 2.13 ERA in 38 innings pitched. The following year, an injury put Atlanta closer Kerry Ligtenberg on the DL, moving Rocker into the role of closer, but Rocker in June 2000, was demoted for threatening a reporter from Sports Illustrated.
5. COLE MILLER
Before giving it up to train for MMA (mixed martial arts) full-time, Miller was a standout baseball player at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia where he was raised. He was also a member of Macon-based Team Praxis, under instructor Cam McHargue, before moving on to American Top Team. Later, Miller went on to become a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring lightweights.