Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame

Mickey Katkaveck
Inducted 1987
He played professional baseball for fifteen years in the St. Louis Cardinal organization and served as player-manager for Wilmington, Albany and the Waycross Bears of the Georgia-Florida League. His Bears dramatically won the pennant on the last day of the 1948 season by defeating Valdosta in a double header.
Mickey was one of those responsible for the organization of the Waycross
Recreation Department in 1949 and served as its director for 28 years. He organized and promoted the Okefenokee Midget bowl for “little league” football teams which gained recognition throughout the Southeast.
His career included a coaching stint at Wilmington College, North Carolina. He was also an employee of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a diligent worker who strived for the best for local children. He is known to generations of local residents as “Mr. Recreation”.