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Davey Whitney remembers Ernie Banks


Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Dave Whitney well remembers Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. After all, Whitney was supposed to be the “next Ernie Banks.” Indeed, Whitney took Banks’ place at shortstop in the Kansas City Monarchs lineup when the Chicago Cubs signed Banks away from the Negro League Monarchs. Banks, who died Friday, […]

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RIP: Doug Cunningham and Jimmy Lear


Today, services were held for two Mississippi Sports Hall of Famers, two great athletes and two great people, Jimmy Lear and Doug Cunningham. They were also two treasured Ole Miss Rebels, both as athletes and students. A measure of the respect people had for them is that both were elected Colonel Rebel, the equivalent of […]

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RIP: The great Doug Cunningham (Class of ’14)


The great Doug Cunningham, inducted last summer into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, died this morning. He was 69. Cunningham, who played at Ole Miss and in the NFL, was one of the great open field runners in Mississippi football history. Said Deuce McAllister, who was inducted into the MSHoF with Cunningham, “What impressed […]

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Ole Miss great Jimmy Lear has died


Hall of Famer Jimmy Lear led Ole Miss to one of the great victories in school history. Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jimmy Lear, an Ole Miss football All American in 1952, has died. He was 82. Lear quarterbacked the 1952 Rebels to a 21-14 victory over No. 3 ranked Maryland in 1952, which was […]

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The art of covering a frigid marathon


(The Mississippi Blues Marathon, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, will be run Saturday morning in Jackson, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The projected temperature is 24 with a 5 mph north wind. Brrrrrr! Thirty years ago, I had planned to do a column […]

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He chose Pott over Arnie, never regretted it


The note came from out of the blue from someone I had never met. Dave Devendorf, a Michigan native who splits his time between Michigan and Florida, had read a piece I wrote about Hall of Famer Johnny Pott, the great golfer, on this website about this time last year. Wrote Devendorf: “Caddied for Johnny […]

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In honor of Elvis (on his 80th) and Jack


(Editor’s note: Elvis Presley, wherever he is, turns 80 today. In honor of Elvis, who was born in Tupelo, and Jack Cristil, who made his home there, we re-publish this column.) Sixty years or so ago, somebody snapped a photograph of two Mississippi icons. The moment is preserved for the ages: Jack Cristil interviewing Elvis […]

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Diaz to make encore performance at State


Don’t know how any Mississippi State fan would not be happy to see Manny Diaz returning as defensive coordinator. He already has proven himself at State once. Dan Mullen knows what he is getting. Yes, Diaz got fired at Texas after leaving State, but the Longhorn defense wasn’t good when Diaz got there and it […]

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SEC West the best? Not this bowl season


Don’t know how many times I have written these words in the last few years concerning the SEC West: the toughest division in the toughest conference in college football. And so, you might ask, how do those words taste? Not so good after: TCU 42, Ole Miss 3. Georgia Tech 49, Mississippi State 34. Notre […]

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If you think Malik Newman had a big day . . .


Callaway superstar Malik Newman scored 90 points in one day of the JPS/Pepsi Holiday Tournament Monday. That’s right: 90, as in ninety. Newman scored 40 in the afternoon semifinals, 50 in the finals at Forest Hill to help Callaway win the championship. Kentucky coach John Calipari watched the finals. At first glance, you might reasonably […]

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