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54 years ago, Boston leaped into history


It was 54 years ago this week, about a month before the 1960 Rome Olympics. Ralph Boston, a Laurel farmer’s son and the youngest of 10 children, was a nobody, a largely unknown 21-year-old student at Tennessee State. Boston, at 75, well remembers the night a nobody became a big somebody. The U.S. Olympic track [...]

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Ready, aim, fire: Sherrill Roast set for Sept. 9


The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Jackie Sherrill Roast, featuring the winning-est coach in Mississippi State football history, will be held Sept. 9 at the MSHOF Museum. Sherrill, who grew up in Biloxi, played college football at Alabama and also had successful coaching stints at Pittsburgh and Texas A & M, will be roasted by [...]

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Tools for Teachers


  Tools for Teachers Free teacher time in the LeFleur Museum District! JACKSON, MISS. – The LeFleur Museum District (LMD) is hosting educators state-wide, at no cost, as they gear up for the fall semester at Tools for Teachers on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teachers will be able to [...]

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Photos from Canton and the Hall of Fame


Thanks to Elwin Williams for these photos from the Pro Football Hall of Fame celebration…

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It’s past time to give Chunkin’ Charlie his due


  RAY Guy finally goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, which is a good thing. He is deserving. His induction is long overdue. The Seniors Committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame meets again this weekend to select two more old-timers who have been bypassed in the past. They can [...]

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Class of 2014: The Richard Williams story


This is the sixth of a series on the MSHOF’s Class of 2014… ••• Coach Richard Williams provided me with one of the great rides of my sports writing career. His 1995-96 basketball Bulldogs not only won the SEC Tournament championship in New Orleans, they continued winning until the Final Four at The Meadowlands. Along [...]

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MSHOF drawdown will feature valued items


The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Drawdown of Champions, a $5,000 drawdown that also features a silent auction, will be held Saturday night at Hall of Fame and Museum beginning at 6:30. Among the items to be auctioned is a framed, signed poster featuring three quarterbacks named Manning you see above. The minimum bid [...]

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Class of 2014: Calvin Smith did it right way


    This is the fifth in a series about the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. ••• When we were doing the highlight video for Calvin Smith’s new Hall of Fame exhibit, I asked him where he got his speed. I asked because Calvin wasn’t a heavily muscled guy like most sprinters. [...]

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Class of 2014: Steve McNair, his Airness


  This is the fourth of a series on the MSHOF’s Class of 2014… ••• The first time I saw Steve McNair play football he was a 16-year-old junior at Mount Olive High making the State 1A Championship Game his personal playground. He kicked off through the end zone to start the game. He never [...]

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Class of 2014: DEEEEEEUUUUUUUUCCCCCCEEEE!


This is the third in a series about your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.   Dulymus McAllister needed a locker room all his own as a New Orleans Saint. He was the guy every media member wanted to hear from after nearly every Saints game. That’s because he was unfailingly honest and [...]

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