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Richard Vonalbade Gammon

  • Birth 4 Dec 1879 Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 31 Oct 1897 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Section BC, Lot 016
  • Memorial ID 6815400

Football Player. He was a star player for the University of Georgia, having played quarterback, fullback, and defense. In a game versus Virginia on October 30, 1897, in Atlanta's Brisbine Park, Gammon rushed to make a play. As he tried, he fell head first, striking his chin on the ground. Gammon was carried to the sidelines and eventually to Grady Hospital, where he died. A bill went through the Georgia legislature that banned football and similar sentiments echoed through other states. Governor W.Y. Atkinson's signature was all that was needed. He faced a lone dissenter, Rosalind Burns Gammon, who wrote the governor, pleading that the sport her son loved so dearly shouldn't be taken away. Atkinson did not sign the legislation and football was allowed to continue. A plaque was later mounted in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall at the University of Georgia with an image of a mother holding her fallen son. It was inscribed with the words, "the cause shall live in which his life was given".


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Becky Taylor
  • Added: 1 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6815400
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Vonalbade Gammon (4 Dec 1879–31 Oct 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6815400, citing Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .