Our new touchscreen kiosks rock!

We hosted the Wendy's High School Heisman statewide awards luncheon Tuesday, which honored many of the state's best, brightest and most civic-minded student-athletes. So imagine my delight when I noted how intrigued they were by our new touchscreen kiosks that tell the stories of Mississippi's Sports Hall of Famers. “This is really, really cool,” one after another said in one form or another. It is really, really a huge improvement. In recent weeks, we have replaced 1996 computers and screens  with 2013 technology. The kiosks have bigger, high-def screens and...

Softball coaches clinic slated for HoF

Jackson State's Rick Fremin, one of the brightest young coaches in women's collegiate softball, will conduct a softball coaches clinic at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson on Thursday, Dec. 20. The cost is $25 per person and coaches at all levels of fastpitch softball are invited. The clinic will be limited to the first 125 to register. In Fremin's two seasons, JSU has broke or set a total of (35) national or school records, as well finished with a 3.0 team GPA and a (26-7) conference record....

A versatile Class of 2013

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 will feature a diverse and accomplished group, representing several facets of the Mississippi sports world.   In alphabetical order, the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013:   • Bill Buckner: Buckner, a native of Starkville, has the unique distinction of being selected his football team's MVP four times in five years — at three different schools. Those schools included Starkville High, East Mississippi Junior College (where he played for Hall of Famer Bull Sullivan) and Delta State where he was a...

Jack Carlisle: So many stories . . .

You will see on the front page of this website and on the "news and updates" page where the Hall of Fame will be holding a first annual Roast on Oct. 16. The first honoree — or victim — is legendary coach Jack Carlisle, Happy Jack to his legion of admirers. Folks, we are going to have some fun with this and we're going to make some money to make some badly needed improvements here at the museum.   For those who may not know about Happy Jack, here's a...

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...

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...