Buck Cheves

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Buck Cheves
Georgia Bulldogs – No. 19
Career history
CollegeGeorgia (1919–1920)
Personal information
Born:(1898-11-29)November 29, 1898
Died:April 12, 1995(1995-04-12) (aged 96)
Cobb County, Georgia
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Career highlights and awards

James Parks "Buck" Cheves (November 29, 1898 – April 12, 1995) was a college football player and referee. Cheves was a Southeastern Conference official for 35 years.

Georgia Bulldogs[edit]

He led the "ten second backfield" of the 1920 Georgia Bulldogs led by first year coach Herman Stegeman which compiled an 8–0–1 record and won a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) title.[1] It was the first Georgia squad to be known as the "Bulldogs."[2] Cheves played without a helmet because he claimed the headgear impaired his hearing.[2] He returned a kick blocked by Puss Whelchel 87 yards for a touchdown to defeat Alabama,[3] ranked fourth in The 50 Greatest Plays In Georgia Bulldogs Football History.[4] He also starred in the backfield of 1919.[5] Cheves was also a guard on the Georgia basketball team.[6] Cheves was the captain of the 1921 basketball team that lost to Basil Hayden and the Kentucky Wildcats' "Wonder Team" in the SIAA championship game.[7][8]

A ballad dedicated to Cheves appeared in the student newspaper the Red and Black:

O! Cheves! O! Cheves!

In south, thou art rough,

The enemy grieves

When thou show'st thy stuff,

Thou art like a hurricane,

Thou hittest them hard,

God pity the man

Whom thou dost guard.[9]

In 1945 he was president of the touchdown club of Atlanta.[10] Cheves was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.[7]


  1. ^ Michael Bradley. Big Games: College Football's Greatest Rivalries. p. 151.
  2. ^ a b T. Kyle King. "Georgia Bulldogs v. Alabama Crimson Tide Game Day Open Comment Thread". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Longest Plays" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Patrick Garbin (August 5, 2008). The 50 Greatest Plays in Georgia Bulldogs Football History.
  5. ^ H. J. Stegeman (1920). "Foot Ball in the South". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide: 97.
  6. ^ "[1]". The Sigma Chi Quarterly. 40: 310. 1921.
  7. ^ a b "James P. "Buck" Cheves". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Fuzzy Woodruff. "U. of K. Defeats Georgia Bulldog".
  9. ^ Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 30.
  10. ^ "The Touchdown Club of Atlanta History". Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.

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