Ted Ryan

Ted Ryan

Director, Heritage Communications

Ted Ryan at Lillian Nordica Museum in Farmington, ME
Tracking Down Lillian Nordica
Justine Fletcher (our processing Archivist) and I flew to Farmington Maine this week to identify and catalog a collection of items from our longtime bottler in the city. Despite the April date, there was still a foot of snow on the ground with some drifts still several feet high. The bottling plant was pretty interesting and had been in the same location since 1922. It was originally a home that…

Famous exhibition game
Stepping Up to the Plate: When Coca-Cola Owned a Baseball Team… and Went to Bat for Atlanta’s First Integrated Sporting Event
On April 8, 1949, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella broke the color barrier in Atlanta baseball when the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Atlanta Crackers in an exhibition game.  The story of how the city’s first integrated sporting event took place, despite threats from the Ku Klux Klan to disrupt the game, has been told in several books and articles. Earl Mann, the Crackers’ team president,…

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The Story of Bobby Jones, East Lake and Coca-Cola
The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is taking place this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. As the FedEx Cup playoffs culminate at this historic golf course in our own backyard, it’s appropriate that Coca-Cola is the tournament’s title sponsor.  For more than 100 years, Coca-Cola and golf have gone hand in hand. Since I have a passion for both, this is a fun story for me to tell. Before…