Scattershooting on a lazy Sunday afternoon

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Scattershooting on a Sunday afternoon, trying to figure out how a baseball team  — the Atlanta Braves — can be on track to set a Major League record for strikeouts and still lead its division by 6.5 games . . .

Answer: pitching, power and defense.

Jim Gallagher, Jr., of Greenwood, shot a final round 70 to tie for 47th in the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Pittsburgh Sunday. Coincidentally, Gallagher ranks 47th on the Champions Tour earnings list with $127,967 thus far in 2013. . . . . Gallagher’s 16-year old daughter, Kathleen Gallagher, recently won the Mississippi Women’s State Amateur Championship at Old Waverly, beating Mississippi State All-American Ally McDonald in the finals. Kathleen is believed to be the youngest women’s State Am winner ever. Kathleen will have to go some to catch her mom, Cissye, who has won the event 11 times. . . .

With four days to go until the  July 4 Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic, we are approaching 1,000 entries, hoping to break last year’s record of nearly 1,800 entries for the five-kilometer run and walk races.  This year’s race doubles as the state championship for the distance. You can enter online here or come by the museum. We could still use a few more volunteers. Call 601 982-8264 or email generalinfo@msfame.com if interested. . . .

You probably saw the news last week where Jackson 14-year-old Wilson Furr won the prestigious Future Masters at Dothan, Ala. What you might not know is that on the next day, after a drive to Birmingham, he won medalist honors in a 36-hole U.S. Junior Championship qualifier. Forty players were competing for two spots in the national championship. Furr earned one and will compete for the national title at Truckee, Cal., in late July. From there, he goes on to China to represent the U.S. in international matches. Wonder what he’ll achieve and where he will go once he starts shaving? . . . .

We still have a few College World Series championship T-shirts available in our gift shop. . . . Those interested in attending the August 2 BancorpSouth Hall of Fame Induction banquet at the Jackson Hilton should call he museum to order tickets….

Ruston Webster, general manager of the Tennessee Titans and a Madison native, will donate a Steve McNair game jersey, helmet and a pair of his spikes for display at the museum. McNair is among the nominees for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. . . . With help from Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin and coach John Cohen, we also are putting together an exhibit from Mississippi State’s run to the championship series of the 2013 College World Series. Details to come. . . .

Folks seemed to enjoy everything but the outcome Monday and Tuesday nights when we showed the CWS championship series games on our big screens at the museum. We plan to do a lot of the same in football this coming season with early plans for the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt Aug. 29 Thursday night opener and the Mississippi State-Oklahoma State game at Houston two days later. . . Believe it or not, that Ole Miss-Vandy opener at Nashville is just 60 days away.

See where the new Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, a $23 million project, will open this week in Nachitoches. Your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame opened at a cost of approximately $4.3 million 17 years ago.

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