Last sermon on the mound. . .

By Douglas W. Shanks “Howdy Pardners, I’ve been waiting for you!” – with that booming introduction from the man himself, I was face to face with a true American legend. I was stunned at the hugeness of the man; everything was gigantic. His hands were massive. He stood at least 6’4” and he had one of the largest smiles I’d ever seen. “Ole Diz” was about to conduct his last personal tour of the Dizzy Dean Hall of Fame Museum in Wiggins, MS. For the next two hours, we walked...

A visit to Ol' Diz

BOND — The cemetery is modest, perhaps the size of a football field, surrounded by a chain link fence. It's out from Bond, which is out from Wiggins, about 28 miles south of Hattiesburg. Here, Jay Hannah “Dizzy” Dean rests side by side with his wife, Pat, in the morning shade of a cypress tree. You turn off Highway 49 onto a country road, and turn off that country road onto a bumpier country road. You drive through a blue-collar area where the folks don't appear to have much. Knowing...