Dick Jemison

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Dick Jemison
Born Richard Stubbs Jemison
(1886-09-19)September 19, 1886
Macon, Georgia
Died January 9, 1965(1965-01-09) (aged 78)
Xenia, Ohio
Occupation Sportswriter

Richard Stubbs "Dick" Jemison (September 19, 1886 – January 9, 1965) was an early 20th-century American sportswriter in the South who was for eleven years the sporting editor of the Atlanta Constitution.[1][2][3] He wrote extensively on baseball and football, picking many an All-Southern team. Supposedly, he was the first sports editor to include batting stats in his newspaper column.[citation needed] For two years he was president of the Georgia–Alabama League.[4][5] His brother J. B. Jemison was club president of the Thomasville Hornets in 1913.[6]

Dick Jemison himself was an avid golfer, basketball player, and bowler.[7]


On watching the flight of Charles K. Hamilton in 1910 he wrote, "The time is not far off when the automobile will be put in the discard for the flying machine, just like the horse was passed up for the automobile."[8]


On Georgia's first All-American he wrote, "When you mention football to an Athens fan its definition is Bob McWhorter, and vice-versa;"[9] and McWhorter's "value to the Red and Black team cannot be fully expressed in mere words, or even figures."[10] In 1915, Jemison was first to report that Georgia captain-elect Charlie Thompson was ineligible.[11]

Automobile business[edit]

Jemison also contributed to Motor World. By 1917 he resigned to enter the automobile business as a salesman and publicity manager for Poole & McCullough Motor Company, which handled the Dort, Winton Six, and Locomobile in Atlanta.[12][13] He was also once in charge of sales promotion at the Miller Rubber Company.[14] In 1920, he was appointed advertising and sales promotion manager of the Oldfield Tire Co. in Akron, Ohio.[14][15]


Jemison, Dick (October 1909). "The History of the Southern League". Baseball Magazine. 3. 


  1. ^ "Sport Writer And Photographer Constitution". Athens Banner. October 26, 1916. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Intercollegiate Athletic Calendar. 1. p. 167. 
  3. ^ "Constitution's Sporting Editor on Rose's Trophy Commission To Judge Most Valuable Player" (PDF). Atlanta Constitution. April 12, 1914. p. 16 A. 
  4. ^ The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition via Baseball-Reference.com under GFDL.
  5. ^ "Americus Boosts New Head of Georgia State League" (PDF). Atlanta Constitution. January 24, 1915. 
  6. ^ Ross III, William. "The Empire State League: South Georgia Baseball in 1913". Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Oscar Bane Keeler (1925). The Autobiography of an Average Golfer. p. 162. 
  8. ^ Ann Uhry Abrams. Formula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-cola and Turned It Into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed. p. 131. 
  9. ^ Patrick Garbin. "Bob McWhorter: "Everybody's All-American"". p. 6. 
  10. ^ Garbin, Patrick. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 24. 
  11. ^ "Jemison Charges That Thompson Is Ineligible". Athens Daily Herald. December 1, 1915. p. 1. 
  12. ^ "Prominent Tradesmen Assume New Duties". Motor World Wholesales. 50: 48. 
  13. ^ Howard Lawrence Preston (1979). "Automobile age Atlanta:the making of a southern metropolis 1900–1935". p. 42. 
  14. ^ a b "Jemison With Oldfield Tire Company". Class & Industrial Marketing. 10-11: 14. 
  15. ^ "Williams Heads Sales X Laboratories". The Accessory and Garage Journal. 10 (1): 71.