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This Day in Georgia History

July 24, 1939

Walt Bellamy Born

NBA Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy was born in New Bern, North Carolina. He would play for several professional teams - including the Atlanta Hawks, and end his career with 20,941 total points. Also, with 14,241 rebounds, he was one of the top rebounders in NBA history. Before turning professional, Bellamy played on the U.S.’s 1960 gold-medal-winning Olympic basketball team. After his career in professional basketball, Bellamy chose to make Atlanta his home, and for a time he was sergeant-at-arms for the Georgia Senate.