C Spire Gillom and C Spire Howell Notes

Ole Miss’ Saiz, State’s Vivians take home trophies BY RICK CLEVELAND MARCH 6, 2017 SHARETWEET EMAILPRINTMORE Rick Clevleand Sebastian Saiz (center), poses with Bailey Howell and Andy Kennedy (right), after winning the C Spire Howell Trophy.   Notes, quotes and an opinion or three from the C Spire Howell and Gillom Awards luncheon Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum: • First thing first: They got the winners right. Sebastian Saiz won the Bailey Howell Trophy after averaging a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) for the season....

Good Competition for C Spire Howell/Gillom Awards

There is still a while to go before the end of the regular basketball season for Mississippi colleges but voters are starting to look for their favorites to win the C Spire Howell Trophy and the C Spire Gillom Trophy.  Each year a panel of state- wide media select the finalists for this coveted honor, then a combination of their votes and the popular vote sponsored by C Spire determine the Outstanding Women's and Men's players. For the past two years we have presented the hardware to the same two...

Baseball Hall Makes Good Selections

The Baseball Hall of Fame selection committee made three good choices on Wednesday afternoon. The Hall announced that joining John Schuerholtz, and Bud Selig will be Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and my favorite Jeff Bagwell. Rodriguez is possibly the best defender to ever play the catcher position. He stopped his opponents running game almost single handedly. He also was a pretty good hitter over a long career that saw him make 14 All-Star teams and win 13 Gold Gloves. He threw out 46 per cent of those trying to steal...

Baseball Fans Delight

Mississippi baseball fans will have a unique opportunity to meet and talk with some of your favorite players on October 25th at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  For just $50 you will receive a delicious barbecue dinner and reception beginning at 5:30 pm.  At 6:30 a panel discussion with a list of Mississippi based players and coaches will be held and fans may ask questions of their favorites.  At game time, we invite everyone to mingle with the players and watch game #1 of the World Series...

A Strange Weekend by Bill Blackwell

I don't know about anyone else, but this weekend was filled with many differing emotions for me.  There were highs and lows during the two days meant for most of us to get a break from the work week.  Saturday saw Jackson State win their first game of the Tony Hughes era and Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and USM all mark notches in the victory column.  Everything appeared to be going smoothly. Then Sunday morning the news of the tragic death of 24 year old Jose Fernandez rocked the nation....

Cleveland Joining Mississippi Today

  By Bill Blackwell I am sure most of you are aware by now that Rick Cleveland, our former Executive Director is going back to the profession he loves, journalism. Rick started writing professionally at the tender age of 13 and has been gracing us with his wit and wisdom ever sense. Almost 5 years ago Michael Rubenstein, our first Executive Director passed away and our Board of Directors wisely chose Rick to take the reins of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Running a non-profit is never...

Marchant Passes by Bill Blackwell

Up in Cleveland, MS this week they will bury Bill Marchant.  Bill of course is the former Head Baseball Coach of the Statesman and his story is legend in our state.   Bill Marchant was the son of a man in the oil business, he was born in California but raised mostly in Texas and Mississippi.  He loved baseball from an early age and despite not possessing imposing size, he was good enough to catch the eye of Boo Ferriss, the Hall of Fame Coach of the Delta State University...

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done By Bill Blackwell I am sure that many USM fans are worried about their football program after the announcement over this past weekend that Head Coach Todd Monken had taken an NFL position as the Offensive Coordinator for Tampa Bay. While the timing could hardly be worse with National Signing Day just around the corner, Golden Eagle fans should take heart from the strong foundation that Monken built in just three years on the job. Inheriting a team that had been winless and working tirelessly to...

A Daunting Task

A Daunting Task By Bill Blackwell   As I take over the leadership of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, I am keenly aware of the responsibility that has been given me.  For a small and impoverished state Mississippi has produced leaders in many categories.  In the arts, music, literature and of course athletics our state has excelled. The first two Executive Directors of the MSHOF have laid the groundwork.  Michael Rubenstein, was the original person manning this position.  A popular and well known television personality, Michael got...

Wagner Definitely Deserving of Hall

Wagner Definitely Deserving By Bill Blackwell   Having spent 33 years of my life working in professional baseball, I have been around a fair share of Hall of Famers.  I have interviewed Tony LaRussa, called games with Jack Buck, met with Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Palmer, Bobby Cox and had Frank Thomas spend a week on a team I ran doing a rehab assignment.   The voting for this year’s Cooperstown Class is going on now and an announcement will be made in January and I would like to make...