Rooker Wins 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy

Mississippi State’s leading offensive player, outfielder/firstbaseman Brent Rooker has been named the winner of the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy.  The trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi as chosen by a combination of the state’s baseball coaches, professional baseball scouts that cover the state and a fan vote sponsored by C Spire. Rooker leads the team in 15 offensive categories and is among the leaders in the NCAA in several statistics.  Batting average, slugging percentage, On-base percentage, runs, hits, rbi, doubles, triples, home runs,...

C Spire Ferriss Trophy Finalists Announced

The five finalists for the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy were announced this morning. The C Spire Ferriss Trophy goes to the Most Outstanding college baseball player in the state each year. The finalists include three University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, a Mississippi State Bulldog and one Statesman from Delta State. Representing USM are Taylor Braley, Matt Wallner and Dylan Burdeaux. Brent Rooker is the candidate from MSU and Zack Shannon represents Delta State. This year's presentation will be the 14th in the series. Finalists are chosen by the...

Don Kessinger to speak at 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy presentation

Former major leaguer Don Kessinger, a smooth-fielding All-Star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, will be the keynote speaker at the May 22 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum presentation of the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which annually honors the state’s top college baseball player. Kessinger, whose grandson Grae Kessinger is the starting shortstop for the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team this year as a freshman, was the head baseball coach at his alma mater from 1991 to 1996 after playing professionally for the Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and...

World Series Viewing Party on October 25th

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will host a World Series Viewing Party for the Opening Night of the 2016 Fall Classic on October 25th.  Several current and former MLB Players will discuss post-season play and the game in general.  Tickets start at $50 each with reserved tables and half tables available.  The lineup of players includes: 2017 MSHOF inductee Jay Powell who was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1997 Series, Jeff Brantley the former MSU pitcher that was playing with the Giants during the...

Meet Janet Marie Smith

How does a state with a small population and low per capita income produce so many great writers, actors and athletes? At the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, we tell the stories of the Walter Paytons, Jerry Rices, Steve McNairs, Archie Mannings, Boo Ferrisss and so many more greats from Mississippi that have become World Class athletes in their chosen sports and all hail from our great state. On November 5th we add an Architect to those stories. You may not be familiar with the name, Janet Marie...

The Curse of Vicksburg?

  It was brought to my attention last week that in 1908, the last time the Cubs won a World Series, they did their spring training in Vicksburg, MS.  In that era training in the spring was much different than it is today.  Teams would find someplace with a better climate than their northern weather and do exercises and start throwing and hitting against each other.  They would then start a slow move northward playing games in towns along the way to where they would start their season.  Sometimes the...

You Will be Missed, Margaret

It is a little less frenetic and quieter around our offices today and there is definitely a sad feeling among those of us remaining here.  After 20 plus years of keeping the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame open and functioning, Margaret Ferriss-White has retired!  We all knew the day was coming and we take great joy knowing she will now have time to walk the dog, workout for hours and play golf but we miss her already. Margaret joined the staff of the Hall of Fame before it even had...

Yogi Passes

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by Bill Blackwell The news this morning that Yogi Berra, one of my childhood idols had passed away at 90 years of age brought back a swirl of memories.  During my days in baseball I was fortunate enough to have met Yogi on several occasions, first with the Astros where Yogi served as a coach and good will ambassador for his friend and neighbor Dr. John McMullen, the owner of the team and later when I worked in the Yankee organization after “the Boss” and Berra had settled their feud...

Remembering: State 6 Bama 3

Thirty-five years later, the remarkable score remains: State 6, Bama 3. On Nov. 1, 1980, Mississippi State stunned the football world, knocking off No 1 ranked Alabama and Bear Bryant in Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. On Sept. 23, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate one of the most memorable events in Magnolia State sports history. The evening — “Remembering: State 6, Bama 3” — will feature a reception and banquet, along with highlights of the game with the late Jack Cristil's call. Many of the State...

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to spend some of your free time, please consider volunteering at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  We are in need of reliable, responsible people to help with regular shifts and special events held at our building.  We have regular three hour shifts:  10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm Monday through Saturday.  We have weekly, biweekly or monthly volunteers.  Please contact Margaret Ferriss White at 601-982-8264 or via email at mfwhite@msfame.com.