Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic will celebrate 20 years

The Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic, one of Mississippi's largest road races and a Magnolia State Independence Day tradition, will enjoy its 20-year anniversary July 4. A fund-raiser for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the race is designed to be a family-friendly event with categories for all ages. The main event is a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) walk and run. Ice-cold watermelon is available for all walkers and runners — or crawlers. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Bolton native Calvin Smith, formerly the world's fastest human and a two-time Olympic...

Gov. William Winter will receive MSHOF’s fifth Rube Award

By Rick Cleveland Gov. William Winter, a staunch supporter of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame long before a museum even existed and a life-long supporter of the Mississippi athletics at all levels, has been selected the 2016 Rube Award winner. The Rube Award, named for the late Michael Rubenstein, is voted on by the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and is based upon one's lifetime contributions to Mississippi sports. Rubenstein was a long-time, award-winning Jackson TV sportscaster before becoming the MSHOF executive...

Five C Spire Ferriss Trophy finalists announced

Three slugging outfielders, one pitcher and another player who pitches, hits and can play a number of positions are among the five finalists for the 2016 C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which will be presented at a luncheon Monday at the Cleveland Country Club. Chosen by Major League scouts, who cover Mississippi, and by Mississippi's college coaches, the finalists include three Mississippi State players and one each from Ole Miss and Delta State. The finalists include Delta State's Will Robertson, Ole Miss's J.B. Woodman and Dakota Hudson, Reid Humphreys and Jake...

Happy 77th birthday to the great Ralph Boston of Laurel

Happy 77th birthday to the great Ralph Boston, born May 9, 1939, in Laurel, MS. What follows is a column I wrote about Ralph four years ago when he was a mere 73. ••• It was 52 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 73, well remembers the night a nobody became a big somebody. The U.S. Olympic track and...

Updated May 9: C Spire Ferriss Trophy Watch list

What follows is an updated (Monday, May 9) C Spire Ferriss Trophy watch list. The trophy will be awarded May 23 at a luncheon at the Cleveland Country Club. The Ferriss  Trophy, named for Mississippi and Major League baseball legend Boo Ferriss, goes annually to the state’s most outstanding college baseball player. Unlike the other C Spire most outstanding player awards, the media is not involved in the voting, which is done primarily by Major League Baseball scouts and college coaches, with fan voting accounting for 10 percent of the...

C Spire Ferriss Trophy candidates emerge in banner season

The 2016 C Spire Ferriss Trophy will be awarded May 23 at a luncheon at the Cleveland Country Club. The Ferriss  Trophy, named for Mississippi and Major League baseball legend Boo Ferriss, goes annually to the state's most outstanding college baseball player. Unlike the other C Spire most outstanding player awards, the media is not involved in the voting, which is done primarily by Major League Baseball scouts and college coaches, with fan voting accounting for 10 percent of the final tally. In this 2016 season of so much achievement...

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...