Welcome to our revised website. And please understand, this is a work in progress, not the finished product. That will come soon enough.
This will be a website updated on a much more frequent basis and will include my columns, stories, blogs and links.
Much of the content will be about Mississippi's sports history. But much also will be about current events. Often, I hope to link the two together. After all, as Faulkner told us, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Confucius, another smart guy, put it this way: "Study the past if you divine the future."
More than forty years of closely following sports in Mississippi tells me those guys knew their stuff.
We Mississippians love our games and play them well. We have for decades. Indeed, Mississippians have become some of the world's most accomplished athletes. If you believe Faulkner and Confucius — and why shouldn't you? — the same will hold true for the future. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum exists to tell — and preserve — the stories of these athletes and coaches. My goal is to help further the cause with my writings on this website.
Among the first tasks I chose as the museum's director was to write a personal note to the 153 living members of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. What I found during those jottings was what I should have already suspected. In nearly every case, I knew the person and in many cases their families. I certainly knew their stories because I have been writing about them all my life. Their stories are worth telling and re-telling. So are the stories of future Hall of Famers.
Another of my first tasks was to emcee the Ferriss Trophy program. Faulkner surely would have approved, even if it was a Mississippi State pitcher, not a son of Oxford, who won the award. We had Chris Stratton, a lanky right-hander from Tupelo and Mississippi State, winning the award named for Boo Ferriss, the former lanky right-hander from Shaw and then Mississippi State. What keen observers couldn't miss is that Stratton — smart, humble and sincere — already possesses many of the same off-the-field qualities of Boo Ferriss. Time will tell us if Stratton goes on to the Major League success Ferriss enjoyed before injury ended one of the most promising careers in baseball history.
I know this much: It's a story I look forward to telling. And it's also a story I suspect the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will one day tell and preserve.
We're busy here at the museum. We had the biggest ever Ferriss Trophy banquet, then the biggest ever Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic 5-K Run on the Fourth of July with nearly 1,800 participants. We've got the 50th anniversary BancorpSouth Hall of Fame induction weekend coming up July 27 and 28. We've got big plans for the future, as well including new interactive exhibits featuring some of our state's most legendary football stars.
So, please, bookmark this page. It will be worth your while. I promise.