Informative, entertaining next 5 days at a museum near you

The next five days will be busy ones at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. They also will be interesting. Mostly, they will be informative. In cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, the MSHOF will host three events to complement the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams." Events include: • Wednesday, April 20 (noon): Dr. Charles "Chuck" Ross, Director of African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, will speak on the history of the integration of sports teams in Mississippi and the role of...

C Spire Ferriss Trophy luncheon set May 23 in Cleveland

  Mississippi will celebrate what thus far has been a remarkable 2016 college baseball season with the C Spire Ferriss Trophy awards luncheon on May 23 and will do so in Boo Ferriss's hometown of Cleveland. The Cleveland Country Club will host the 2016 Ferriss Trophy luncheon beginning with a meal at 11:30 and the program to follow at noon. The Ferriss Trophy, named for baseball legend Dave “Boo” Ferriss, goes annually to the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi. Southern Miss pitcher James McMahon was the 2015 winner....

Wright Thompson opens Smithsonian series today

Wright Thompson, award winning senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, will join Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum historian Rick Cleveland Monday for the first of a series of programs in conjunction with The Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams." The program will begin at 5 p.m. at the MSHOF. Thompson, a Clarksdale native who lives in Oxford, currently is the guest editor of Best American Sports Writing and is the winner of the Ernie Pyle Award for print journalist and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his television reporting....

What a splendid night for the Final 4 Dogs, your MSHoF

Your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum exists to extol and preserve the splendid sports history of the Magnolia State. We do so without any tax support for operations for a 24,000 square foot museum that is normally open six days a week, 52 weeks a year. So what better way to raise money to support this important cause than to celebrate important moments and people with events at the museum? That's what we did on a stormy Thursday night at the museum. The 1996 Final Four Mississippi State...

Tribute to ’96 Final Four Dogs will be streamed live

Thursday night's "Farm Bureau Salutes the Final Four Bulldogs" — long a sellout — will be a available to folks who don't have a ticket. The event, which celebrates Mississippi's only Final Four men's basketball team, will be live streamed over msfame.com. Here is the link: https://livestream.com/shorterproductions/events/5017289 The festivities at the MSHOF museum begin with a reception at 5:30., followed by dinner at 7 and then the program. There will be highlights, team memories and a panel discussion. The livestream should begin at approximately 7. The Mississippi Sports Hall of...

Ultra-successful Sigma Nu Charity Bowl set Thursday

The Sigma Nu Charity Bowl, which began in 1990 to honor and raise money for fallen Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will be played for the 27th time Thursday night at the Oxford-Lafayette Sportsplex. Mullins was injured in the 1989 Ole Miss homecoming game with Vanderbilt when he tackled Commodore fullback Brad Gaines. Mullins was immediately paralyzed due to several shattered vertebrae. Mullins died May 6, 1991, at the age of 22. Every year, Sigma Nu plays another Ole Miss fraternity in a football game, and money is raised...

RIP Eugene Short: Hattiesburg’s and JSU’s shooting star

  This was 1970 in Hattiesburg, where, until then, Hattiesburg High had fielded all-white basketball teams and cross-town Rowan had been all-black. Both had been traditional winners through the years but neither had won a state championship. That was about to change. At Rowan, there was a tall, lean basketball marvel, Eugene Short. He was listed at 6 foot, 6 inches tall but played more like 6-10 or even 7-feet. He jumped so high and had the wingspan of a much taller man. The whispers had begun the previous year...

Smithsonian is coming to the Sports Hall of Fame

The Smithsonian Institution is coming to Mississippi. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, will showcase “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” The Smithsonian traveling exhibit will begin a six-week run at the Jackson museum on March 18. “Hometown Teams” captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. For more than 100 years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape not...

Vivians, Moody repeat winners of C Spire awards

Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State and Stefon Moody of Ole Miss are the repeat winners of the C Spire Gillom and Howell trophies, respectively. The awards were presented Monday at a luncheon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, which co-sponsors the awards with C Spire. Moody, a senior, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game for the 20-11 Rebels. Vivians, a sophomore, was the SEC's second leading scorer with an average of 17.3 points per game for 26-7 State. Both...

Finalists Announced for ’16 C Spire Howell, Gillom Trophies

Ole Miss senior guard Stefan Moody and Mississippi State sophomore guard Victoria Vivians lead a list of six finalists for the 2016 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies, which annually honors the state’s top male and female college basketball players. Moody, the SEC’s leading scorer at 22.8 points per game and the 2015 C Spire Howell Trophy winner, is bidding to become only the second two-time winner of the award, which is named after former Mississippi State and NBA great Bailey Howell. Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado won the award in...