Steve Edwards shared the following photograph and information:

My Uncle Harris Edwards entered the University of Georgia in the fall of 1929.  He lettered on the freshman baseball team, playing second base.

That fall, he sold football programs at the Yale-Georgia football game. This event was the dedication game of the new 35,000-seat Sanford Stadium.

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My uncle, Harris Edwards, is shown on the left with two classmates.  In the background is the Chapel and to the right is the New College building, both familiar sights to anyone who ventures on the North Campus of UGA.  They are seated on the edge of the old Herty Field.

The stockmarket crash in 1929, and the subsequent Great Depression, sent him back to the family farm and ended his college career.  Few sharecropper's sons from Lyerly, Georgia had an opportunity to go to UGA in 1929 and, because of his lead, I always knew that one day I'd end up in Athens.

Thanks to Steve Edwards for sharing his uncle's photograph and story.

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