We recently told you about baseball legend Willie Mays' visit to
Although Willie Mays retired with 660 home runs, I think I witnessed him hit a 661st home run yesterday at
Before games he often played bunting games with his manager Leo Durocher and teammates Monte Irvin (who also appeared in a Coke ad) and Hank Thompson, wagering bottles of
The New Yorker magazine once quoted Durocher as saying, "By the end of spring training I figured Willie owed me about one million three hundred thousand bottles of Coke."
An article in the 1954 issue of The Refresher magazine included the story of these games and mentioned that all of Mays’ New York Giants teammates kid him about his thirst for Coke. In fact, the cover story of the July 26, 1954 issue of Time magazine said Mays drank
The TOUR Championship by
Since 2009, in addition to a pretty big check, the winner of the TOUR Championship by
This year, we have a beautifully restored Vendo 44 on hand for the winner. We also have a twist, we worked with the editorial team from
I was at East Lake Golf Club yesterday morning as we had the machine placed in front of the Clubhouse and filmed the final delivery of the Vendo. As you watch the tournament this weekend, you can be a bit envious that the winner will be taking home a check... and the Vendo! ^TR
I am a HUGE University of Kentucky basketball fan, and have been since 1993. So, you can imagine how delighted I was we received this a pair of tickets from a 2009 Kentucky game. They came in to the Archives with a collection of tickets with the Coke logo on them. The 2009-2010 team just happens to be my favorite Kentucky team in my nearly 20 years of rooting for them. Tonight is "Midnight Madness", or as it is called at Kentucky, "Big Blue Madness", which is the official launch of practices for the team for the season. At Kentucky, 24,000 tickets sold out in less than an hour to watch this event! Every now and then, I have to tolerate a colleague or two who prefer the Duke Blue Devils National Championship commemorative Coke bottles, but that's when I point them to the collectibles pictured below. Go Big Blue!
With the first week of the FIFA World Cup in full swing I am getting excited by all the action and the vuvuzelas. If you want to experience some of the excitement here in Atlanta, the World of
If you miss that but still want to see some World Cup items, check out the Milestones of Refreshment gallery and keep one the lookout for a miniature version of the trophy.
Now that the Vancouver Games are drawing to an end, I wanted to devote this weeks Spotlight on the World of
If you are in Atlanta, relive some of the Olympic moments from the past two weeks and read the story of some of the Olympic Torchbearers.