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Atlanta Braves Broadcaster to Emcee Hall of Fame Induction

Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson is scheduled to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2011 Induction Ceremony. 

At the ceremony, Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, Dale Ellis, Ray Goff, Bill Ploeger, Lisa Spain Short, and James “J.T.” Thomas will each be enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame.

 The news release says that Joe Simpson has been part of the Braves broadcast team since 1992 and currently calls Atlanta’s games on FSN South, SportSouth, and Peachtree TV. 

Simpson was named Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1995 and was tapped to cover the MLB Playoffs on TBS in 2007 and 2009.  Prior to joining the Braves, Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts. 

 Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma and was an All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma.  He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973. 

Simpson played professionally for 11 seasons with the Dodgers, Mariners, and Royals before retiring from the California Angels organization in 1984. 

 The 2011 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Macon City Auditorium on Saturday, February 26, 2011. 

The annual event will be the culmination of a weekend full of activities beginning with the GSHF Golf Classic on the morning of the 25th.  More information on the weekend’s events is available at www.gshf.org

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