Looking Back

Fifty years ago today, September 28, 1966

Governor’s Race

Former Gov. Ellis Arnall, a racial moderate and segregationist Lester Maddox clashed today in a town-versus-country runoff for the Democratic nomination for governor. Veteran political observers rated the contest a toss-up and said victory probably would be determined by whether the larger turnout came in city or rural areas.


It started out as a night for Eddie Mathews, but would end up as a night for Willie Mays. Mathews, the aging darling of Atlanta fans, was feted prior to Tuesday night’s game between the Braves and the San Francisco Giants. But Mays stole the show. Wondrous Willie drove in four runs with a homer and a single to power the Giants to a 6-3 victory.