Putting a Wrap on 2015

Putting a Wrap on 2015 By Bill Blackwell   2015 has been a very good year here at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  We inducted a 6 person class of Hall of Fame worthy coaches and players that bring our total of inductees to 286 members.  Our next class has already been selected with Jackie Sherrill, Kay James, Wesley Walls, Sean Brewer, Larry Smith and the late Willie Heidelburg being added this coming July 30th.   Thanks to the efforts of the staff, and the contributions of...

Gone Way Too Soon!

By Bill Blackwell   Working at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum we deal with death way too often.  Many of our inductees had their glory days in the 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s and it is always a sad day when we lose one of these heroes.  This morning I was shocked to hear of the death of Tommy Hanson, only 29 years of age, six feet six inches and 220 lbs. and a fit athlete.  In 2009 while working for the Braves triple A franchise in Gwinnett...

Another of the Greatest Generation Departs

It is happening far too quickly. We lost the third member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame within the past five weeks.  This time it was Leon Bramlett, who follows fellow Hall of Fame members Bert Jenkins and Tom Goode to those pearly gates.  Leon, was a Clarksdale, MS native and graduated from Clarksdale High in 1941.   Following graduation Leon attended Ole Miss and played football in 1941, transferred to Alabama and played in 1942 for the Crimson Tide and then went to the US Naval Academy.  In...