Prep All American Grae Kessinger has Hall of Fame genes

When lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Mary Beth Cannon was a teen, she wrote a letterto Don and Carolyn offering to baby sit their boys, Keith and Kevin. She got the job. That was more than four decades ago. Cannon, now 57 and living in South Bend, Ind., drove back to Chicago this past weekend to watch a baseball game at storied Wrigley Field. There was another Kessinger, Grae, playing in the Under Armour All American baseball game, and Mary Beth just had to see him. “Oh my gosh, in many...

Lots of progress, upgrades to report at your MSHOF

  File this one under: PLEASE, PARDON OUR PROGRESS. We have lots of it to report at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The coming week — specifically August 24-28 — the museum will be closed while we re-carpet the main arena. We will reopen for visitors on Saturday, August 29, a little brighter and cleaner. This comes on the heels of our most successful BancorpSouth Induction Weekend in the museum's history. We had more than 800 to dinner. There's much more to report. Our new outdoor banners,...

Book relives the legend of MSHoF’s Dobie Holden

By Chuck Abadie               POPLARVILLE – In reading “The Spirit of the Pearl: The Life, Legend and Legacy of T.D. ‘Dobie’ Holden,” one finds that it is possible for a football coach to win the respect of his players and lead them to eight state championships and one national championship without compromising faith and family.             An excerpt: “Dobie Holden knew that the winning spirit went far beyond the athletic field to the field of life, and that success in the former could help promote success in the latter. He...

A game worth remembering 35 years later: State 6 Bama 3

(On Sept. 23, your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will host a night to remember celebrating one of the most memorable football games in Magnolia State history. We will observe the 35th anniversary of State 6, Alabama 3. Why celebrate a football game 35 years later? Perhaps you had to be there. I was and will never forget. Emory Bellard and Kent Hull have passed away but many of the main characters remain: Johnie Cooks, John Bond, Glen Collins, Tyrone Keys and others. Those four will be part...

Remembering: State 6 Bama 3

Thirty-five years later, the remarkable score remains: State 6, Bama 3. On Nov. 1, 1980, Mississippi State stunned the football world, knocking off No 1 ranked Alabama and Bear Bryant in Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. On Sept. 23, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate one of the most memorable events in Magnolia State sports history. The evening — “Remembering: State 6, Bama 3” — will feature a reception and banquet, along with highlights of the game with the late Jack Cristil's call. Many of the State...

Small-town Mississippi rocks sports world

What is it about small-town Mississippi? Last night, Amory's Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the Texas Rangers and now has 12 for the season. He is hitting .300. In Cincinnati, Taylorsville's Billy Hamilton swiped four more bases and now has 40. In the same game, Brian Dozier of Fulton launched his 16th home run, a three-run shot. In the Big Leagues, as in all sports, small-town Mississippi rocks. Just last week, Tori Bowie of the tiny community of Sandhill won the national 100 meters sprint championship. She is...

George Bryan to receive fourth Rube Award

West Point native George Bryan, who brought the 1999 U.S. Women's Open golf championship to the nationally renowned golf course he built in his hometown, will receive the Rube Award for his lifetime of contributions to Mississippi sports. The Rube Award is named in honor of the late Michael Rubenstein, long-time TV sportscaster and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Members the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum select the Rube Award recipient. “I am honored to receive this...

Hutton among 5 to enter MAC Hall of Fame

CLINTON — Doug Hutton, a 1995 inductee to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, is among five who will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame on June 26. The MAC Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes:  RONNIE CUEVAS, championship football coach at Gulfport, Starkville, and Harrison Central, who is the winningest coach in Gulfport history; native of Gulfport and graduate of Gulfport High who lettered on offensive line for Mississippi State; 35-year coaching veteran who led his teams to a record of 142 wins...

Calvin Smith will start Watermelon Classic

Bolton native Calvin Smith, the world's fastest human for more than four years, will be the official starter for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic 5K road race on July 4. That will be 22 years and one day after Smith dazzled the track and field world when he ran 100 meters in 9.93 seconds, breaking a 15-year old world record. Smith, now a social worker in Tampa, held the record for more than four years before it was broken by Ben Johnson, who later tested...

Mitch Deaver, PRCC publicist, dies at 62

By Janet Braswell POPLARVILLE - Mitch Deaver, a fixture along the sidelines of Pearl River Community College athletic fields and courts, died Monday, June 1, at his home. Deaver, 62, was sports information director at PRCC, a position he had held since April 1996. He was known throughout the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges for his cooperation and by sports editors for the quality of his photography. “As the dean of junior college sports information directors in Mississippi, Mitch excelled in such areas as photography, sports writing and...