Cummings Among Beach Hall of Fame Inductees

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings, Beach High’s first football player to be named All-City on the Savannah News & Press 3-AAA All-City team will lead Beach’s Athletic Hall of Fame Association. The 24th Annual banquet will be held Saturday, April 24th at the Economic Opportunity Authority’s new banquet room located at 1120 May Steet. Starting time is 6:00 pm and tickets are $25.00 each. Cummings was named offensive guard in 1967 and repeated in 1968. Additionally to running track on Beach’s 440 relay track team, he also played linebacker, on defense. Cummings will be joining team mate Larry “Gator” Rivers who was inducted in 1993 his brother Hector Cummings,·Jr. who was inducted in 2001 with the 1963 baseball team. Alonzo Pickett, a 1970 graduate who was named All- City as a Lineman, Beach High Most Valuable Player and team captain. Pickett graduated from Texas Southern University in 1975, where he was named Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. All American, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1975. A citation will be awarded to Lawrence Hutchins, a band member from 1954- 1959 and band director for twenty-fIve years. Also cited posthumously will be Walter Bogan who retired in 1967 as mailroom foreman of the Savannah Morning News after 40 years. Over the years, Bogan mentored the likes of legendary Joe Greene, former Beach and Savannah State great Arthur Dwight and former educator Lester B. Johnson, Jr. Another of Bogan’s mailroom pupils was Tom Coffey, who later became managing editor of the local newspaper. Organized under the leadership of the late Jessie “Jiggs” Morgan in 1985, the Hall of Fame banquet continues to honor athletes who have excelled in varsity sports and contributed to athletics in other areas. The only cager will be Keith Coney; a 6’2″ forward/guard averaged 20 points during his career and led Beach to a 27-3 record in 1971. Nicknamed “Pistol Pete”, Coney was named All- City, All-Region and on the Annual Christmas Tournament three consecutive years.

Also being honored is running back Ernest Brunson who will join his 1959 class football stars Gerald Crawford who was inducted in 2009, Benny Wilkins inducted in 2008 and track star Johnny Brown inducted in 2000. Being posthumously inducted will be Nathaniel Farley one of Beach’s best running backs ever and Johnny Parker who ran track, played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and played with the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team.

For ticket information contact: Bobby Adams (912) 398-2761, Johnny Brown (912) 231-0921 and Rossie Caldwell (912) 631-5536.

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