Hull joins elite MSU group

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Kent Hull will be honored Saturday, becoming the fifth person in Mississippi State history to have his name permanently added to Davis Wade Stadium. Hull, who died last year at the age of 50, will join Jack Cristil, Jackie Parker, D.D. Lewis and his former teammate Johnie Cooks. Members of Hull's family will take part in the ceremony on the field during State's (11 a.m.) game with Auburn. A Greenwood native, Hull was a four-year starter at center for the Bulldogs before going on to...

Whitney recalls Michael Clarke Duncan

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Michael Clarke Duncan, who earned an Oscar nomination for his memorable performance in The Green Mile, died Monday at the age of 54. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame basketball coach Davey Whitney remembers Duncan as a power forward on his 1983-84 Alcorn basketball team that won the SWAC championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, beating Houston Baptist before losing by one point to Kansas. “He was a good athlete, a good player,” Whitney said. “He made our team and he played, so he had to be a pretty...

We're more than a museum

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is much more than just a showcase of the Magnolia State's amazing sports heritage. The museum's Trustmark Conference Center offers an ideal setting for seminars, training sessions, trade shows, banquets, family reunions and wedding receptions.The conference room features 2,325 square feet of space with free use of advanced audiovisual equipment that has PowerPoint capability. Conference room rental includes the use of an adjoining kitchen, secure front door parking and free wireless internet. The conference center, which can accommodate a crowd of up...

Boo Ferriss remembers Pesky as 'one of the greatest Red Sox'

Beloved Boston Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky's death Monday leaves Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Boo Ferriss and baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr as the only living players off the 1946 Boston Red Sox. Those '46 Red Sox ran away from the New York York Yankees to win the American League pennant and then lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Pesky, who was 92 at the time of his death, was the team's shortstop and hit .335, leading the league with 208 hits...

C Spire provides direct line to coaches

Ridgeland-based C Spire Wireless, the only wireless provider in the U.S. that offers consumers and businesses a suite of personalized wireless services, is kicking off its first-ever CIRCLE Blitz College Football Question and Answer series on August 13, directly connecting fans with their favorite coaches. This unique online forum and Q&A series is taking place on CIRCLE, C Spire’s online community forum. By posting questions on CIRCLE, coaches from the top football programs in the region will be able to respond directly to their fans. Additionally, just by posting a...

Webb, who died Thursday at the age of 72, was an accomplished teacher, a fine player in his own right and, most importantly, a second father to scores of golfers who proudly called themselves "Robbie's boys." Webb was a huge, broad-shouldered, balding man with Popeye forearms, a fierce stare that demanded discipline without any vocal support, and a smile as soft as a teddy bear. Long-time PGA Tour rules official Ben Nelson was one of the first of "Robbie's boys." "I think we all thought Robbie was teaching us how...

Maholm happy to be a Brave

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Talk about sudden life change: Ex-Mississippi State baseball standout and Hattiesburg resident Paul Maholm's world has turned up-side down in the last couple days. Maholm, you should know, has landed sunny-side up. Two days ago, Maholm was a red-hot pitcher for one of the worst teams in the Major Leagues, the Chicago Cubs. Saturday, he will start for the Atlanta Braves, who are in the middle of a pennant race. "It's exciting," Maholm said by cell phone. "It's like being called up to the Big Leagues for the first time...

Rubenstein family makes largest private donation

Nearly 500 banquet attendees stood Friday night and applauded as Ted Rubenstein handed Boo Ferriss the first ever "The Rube," an award named in honor of Ted's brother, the late Michael Rubenstein. Moments later, the same 500 attendees stood and applauded again when it was announced that the Rubenstein family has given a $150,000 gift to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The donation, $25,000 per year over six years, is the largest private donation in the museum's 16-year history. "Nobody knew better than Michael how much that...

USM Great McElroy Passes

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Bucky McElroy, one of Southern Miss's all-time football greats, died Wednesday in his hometown of Monroe, La., after a long battle with cancer. He was 83. McElroy, inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, was a standout running back at both Hinds Community College and USM. He was inducted into both of those schools' halls of fame. "When Bucky had the ball in his hands, he was pure dynamite," said Hamp Cook, a USM teammate and also a member of the Mississippi...

Ferriss Chosen for First Rube Award

Boo Ferriss, one of Mississippi's most beloved citizens, will receive the first The Rube award at the BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies July 27 at the Downtown Marriott in Jackson. The Rube is named for the late Michael Rubenstein, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's first and only executive director until his death Dec. 1, 2011. The award will go annually to a person whose love and passion for — and contributions to — Mississippi sports have made a meaningful difference. Ferriss fits the bill....