Tom Swayze

Born: March 15, 1909

Died: February 1, 2003

Hometown: Yazoo City, MS

Year of Induction: 1978


College Career

Ole Miss (1930-1932)

• Baseball pitcher, football end

• North-South All-Star football game (’32)


Pro Baseball Career

• Memphis Chicks, Southern Association

• Later played in Cotton States League


Baseball Coaching Career

Ole Miss, head baseball coach (1951-1971)

• 8 SEC West championships (’54, ‘56, ‘59, ‘60, ‘63, ‘64, ‘67, ‘69)

• 4 SEC Overall championships (’59, ‘60, ‘64, ‘69)

• 3 NCAA District III championships (’56, ‘64, ‘69)

• District III Coach of the Year 3 times

• SEC Coach of the Year 4 times

• Swayze Field at Oxford-University Stadium named in his honor

• American Association of College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame


Did You Know?

Tom Swayze was also Ole Miss’s head football recruiter from 1947 to 1971. In fact, he was the first full-time football recruiter in the South.

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