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....

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...

Jackie Sherrill proud to be going into Mississippi shrine

This is the second of a series of stories about the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's inductees for the Class of 2016. Jackie Sherrill was born in Duncan, Okla., but he spent his formative years in Biloxi and, much later, coached the Mississippi State football Bulldogs for 13 seasons. He knows much about the Magnolia State's storied sports history. And that's why it means so much for him to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. “When you look at the athletes this small state has produced, it's...

Another star-studded class for MSHOF induction weekend

We will induct another remarkable class into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on the night of July 30 at the Jackson Convention Complex. They are a diverse and accomplished group. I consider myself fortunate to have covered them all during my sports writing career. Only in Mississippi do you induct two men into your state's sports hall of fame after they have already been inducted into the national College Football Hall of Fame. That's the case with both Sean Brewer and Wesley Walls, who have gone into the national...

My, have things change; check out 1945 Egg Bowl program

I have on my desk a perfectly preserved game program from the Mississippi State-Ole Miss football game played Nov. 24, 1945. On page 1, it tells us about school colors: “For Ole Miss, Red and Blue; for Mississippi State, Maroon and White.” That hasn't changed. Most everything else has. We begin with the price of the program: 25 cents. Compare that to the $10 an Egg Bowl souvenir program will cost 71 years later. That's an increase of only 4,000 percent. Then, as now, you find the lineups in the...

Archie Manning wins college football’s gold medal

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced today that Archie Manning has been named the 2016 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal in recognition of his exceptional leadership and unblemished reputation. He will be honored for his achievements and contributions to our nation during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Manning, a 1989 inductee into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, received the 2014 Rube Award for his lifetime of contributions to Mississippi sports. “Archie...

First guy to knock down Muhammad Ali was a Mississippian

The black and white video, from Madison Square Garden in 1962, is beyond grainy, but you can easily make out that the graceful man in white trunks is future heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. More accurately, the slender, svelte guy wearing white trunks is the man who would become Ali. On Feb. 10, 1962, the day he fought a man named Sonny Banks on national TV, Ali was still known as Cassius Clay. You can discern that the two men are about the same size and that they hit one another...

Reed’s teams ran the Notre Dame Box to perfection

Legendary high school football coach Ed Reed won several championships in Mississippi and several more in Alabama. He won at small schools such as Rolling Fork and large ones such as Jackson Provine and Tuscaloosa Central. Reed won in an eccentric river town (Natchez), in the Piney Woods of Lumberton and at Picayune. He won before integration and he won after it. But there was one constant in Reed's 40 years of coaching and his nearly 300 victories, and that is this: His teams always ran out of the Notre...

In Division II, seven-team regionals are simply not fair

The scary part is that somebody, somewhere, in the deep, dark recesses of the NCAA thought that a seven-team NCAA Baseball Regional was a good idea. That it was fair, equitable. Whoever thought that was wrong. Delta State last week won the Gulf South Conference baseball championship, thus qualifying for the NCAA Division II championship tournament. Sunday, the Statesmen learned they will head this week to Tampa University as the fourth seed in the South Regional. So the Statesmen will play 5-seed Lynn University Thursday morning in a first-round game....