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Atlanta, Georgia
February 7, 1994
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Joe Gerson was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Henry, came from Kalish, Poland. His mother, Sadie, was born in Rome, Georgia. One year after he was born the entire neighborhood burned down in the Fire of 1918. Joe discusses his family and their grocery business, which was in the heart of the area where African-Americans lived. Henry hired Martin Luther King Sr. to stay in the grocery store with him on Staurday evenings for protection since he closed around midnight. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered groceries with Joe in the neighborhood. Joe discusses extensively all the childhood sports he was involved in including baseball, basketball and football. He attended Boys' High School and then the University of Georgia, where he joined a Jewish fraternity. After school he played professional baseball for a few years in North Carolina until he realized he was never going to make it big and he quit and returned to Atlanta. He was active in the sports community for the rest of his life, playing organizing roles in Jewish and professional sports in the city and state. He participated in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Touchdown Club, and the (Atlanta) Braves 400 Club and many other sports-oriented civic and educational organizations. He married Evelyn Lipsius who was born in Forsyth, Georgia. They had two daughters and one son. He discusses his career in the army during World War II. He volunteered but was denied because of an injury so he went into limited service, which involved providing physical education and physical therapy to wounded soldiers in the United States. Joe recalls many prominent Atlantan sports figures and several national figures as well as a result of his professional career.

OHC-Joe Gerson

Joe Gerson (1917 - 1996) - Oral History

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Gerson, Robert L., 1928-


Gerson, Durward (Dutch), 1919-1979


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Judaism, Orthodox
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