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Braves’ HBCU Classic offered a time to reflect

Some 300 miles away from Lawrenceville’s Coolray Field, a big board pays tribute to the baseball greats of Florida A&M’s past.

Players and fans are reminded of former Major League Baseball stars like Andre Dawson, Marquis Grissom and Vince Coleman as soon as they enter the Moore-Kittles Baseball Complex.

One person on that board, Bill Lucas, never made it to the big leagues. He is on it because of his front-office accomplishments. Before his sudden death in 1979, Lucas served as the Atlanta Braves’ vice president of player personnel, performing all the duties of a general manager.