Best baseball season in Miss. history? It’s getting there

The question was asked this past weekend: Is this the best college baseball season in Mississippi history? It was a good weekend to ask it: Ole Miss swept Auburn. Mississippi State took two of three at LSU. Southern Miss took two of three one-run games from Rice. All three Mississippi teams are nationally ranked. All three have Top 20 RPIs. All three are in the conversation about who will host regionals. Delta State, nationally ranked in Division II as usual, won another league series this past weekend. Stat of the...

Watching Charlie Hull’s boy with Orley, Senator Stennis

This was September, 1979. Mississippi State's football team was playing Maryland at College Park, Md. The late, great Orley Hood and I covered the game for the Jackson newspapers. We spent all day Friday and Saturday morning touring our nation's capital. Orley was -- and I am -- a history buff. We probably set a record for time spent by sports writers touring the Lincoln Memorial. Saturday afternoon, we made our way over to Byrd Stadium at College Park and another history lesson we hadn't really expected. In the press...

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...

RIP: Billy Mustin, former Rebel football great, Vaught pal

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Former Ole Miss football great Billy Mustin, who later became Director of the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation, died earlier this week at 87. A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Mustin, who played for Coach John Vaught and then served him as an assistant coach, was one Vaught's closest friends and often a golf partner. They kept up a hilarious, running commentary when they played, to which I can personally attest. When I was working on a book with Vaught, we played a...

Langer’s workout routine makes him a young, supple 58

The 2016 Masters likely will be remembered as the one that washed away from 22-year-old Jordan Spieth when two of his shots landed in a watery grave known as Rae's Creek. But we should not forget that 29-year-old Englishman Danny Willett won with a masterful round of 67 on Sunday. And we should not forget the performance of 58-year-old German Bernhard Langer, who entered the final round just one shot out of the lead at least a decade after most normal golfers no longer have the muscle, flexibility and nerve...

Hokie Gajan: The Saints and all of us have lost an original

Archie Manning was a 10-year veteran with the New Orleans Saints when Hokie Gajan came to the team as a rookie, a 10th round draft pick out of LSU. Nobody around here needs a primer on the LSU-Ole Miss rivalry. “Hoke came to camp and he wore these old, beat-up white football shoes that had purple laces,” Manning said, Tuesday morning by phone from New Orleans, a city mourning the deaths of former Saints Will Smith and Gajan. “I told him, those shoes had to go, he had to get...

“Garbage time?” Not the case with McKie Edmondson

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  In basketball, we call it “garbage time.” One team has an insurmountable lead on the other with the clock winding down. The winning coach clears his bench, giving little-used “scrubs” a chance to play. Garbage time? Not for McKie Edmondson, now a 40-year-old Madison businessman. Edmondson, a high school standout at Jackson Academy, was a walk-on sophomore guard on the 1995-96 Mississippi State Bulldogs, the only Magnolia State team in history to advance to the Final Four. Each of those Bulldogs had a chance to express their favorite memories...

Miguel Angel Jimenez ran over the field at Fallen Oak

BILOXI — The cigar-puffing man with a bushy ponytail known as “The World's Most Interesting Golfer” played one of most interestingly superb rounds of golf of his career Sunday. The result was a record-breaking, final-round 64 and a two-shot victory for Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez in the Gulf Resorts Classic presented by C Spire. Jimenez made four straight birdies and made birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine to overtake second-round leader Scott Dunlap and Jerry Smith, who led briefly in the third round. You...

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...

Use it or lose it: It’s especially true for Champions Tour pros

Experts says we lose 1.5 percent of muscle strength every year after we reach the age of 50. The PGA Champions Tour, which visits the Gulf Coast this week, is for golfers 50 and over. That means Kent Biggerstaff has his PGA “gym on wheels” parked at Fallen Oak for the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic Presented by C Spire. Biggerstaff's job, where the Champions Tour is concerned, is to help fight Father Time. Eventually, he knows, he loses. After all, he is 69 years old himself. Father Time is undefeated....