Bobby Dews, a former Braves coach and minor-league manager and administrator, shared his experience with an old amateur sports tradition in Georgia in the 1950s in which fans would pass cash to basketball players after a good game. Dews grew up in Edison, where he played high school baseball and basketball and went on to star in both sports at Georgia Tech. Dews spent 53 years in professional baseball, including the past 37 years with the Braves, before retiring in 2012. He also is a professional writer, who has published novels such as “Largo,” and “Unpublished Poets,” as well as a collection of short stories, “Legends, Demons and Dreams.” He is currently working on a book about semi-pro basketball in the segregated South called “Freakshot.”
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As told to staff writer Carroll Rogers