Finalists Announced for ’16 C Spire Howell, Gillom Trophies

Ole Miss senior guard Stefan Moody and Mississippi State sophomore guard Victoria Vivians lead a list of six finalists for the 2016 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies, which annually honors the state’s top male and female college basketball players. Moody, the SEC’s leading scorer at 22.8 points per game and the 2015 C Spire Howell Trophy winner, is bidding to become only the second two-time winner of the award, which is named after former Mississippi State and NBA great Bailey Howell. Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado won the award in...

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done By Bill Blackwell I am sure that many USM fans are worried about their football program after the announcement over this past weekend that Head Coach Todd Monken had taken an NFL position as the Offensive Coordinator for Tampa Bay. While the timing could hardly be worse with National Signing Day just around the corner, Golden Eagle fans should take heart from the strong foundation that Monken built in just three years on the job. Inheriting a team that had been winless and working tirelessly to...

A Daunting Task

A Daunting Task By Bill Blackwell   As I take over the leadership of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, I am keenly aware of the responsibility that has been given me.  For a small and impoverished state Mississippi has produced leaders in many categories.  In the arts, music, literature and of course athletics our state has excelled. The first two Executive Directors of the MSHOF have laid the groundwork.  Michael Rubenstein, was the original person manning this position.  A popular and well known television personality, Michael got...

Wagner Definitely Deserving of Hall

Wagner Definitely Deserving By Bill Blackwell   Having spent 33 years of my life working in professional baseball, I have been around a fair share of Hall of Famers.  I have interviewed Tony LaRussa, called games with Jack Buck, met with Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Palmer, Bobby Cox and had Frank Thomas spend a week on a team I ran doing a rehab assignment.   The voting for this year’s Cooperstown Class is going on now and an announcement will be made in January and I would like to make...

Putting a Wrap on 2015

Putting a Wrap on 2015 By Bill Blackwell   2015 has been a very good year here at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  We inducted a 6 person class of Hall of Fame worthy coaches and players that bring our total of inductees to 286 members.  Our next class has already been selected with Jackie Sherrill, Kay James, Wesley Walls, Sean Brewer, Larry Smith and the late Willie Heidelburg being added this coming July 30th.   Thanks to the efforts of the staff, and the contributions of...

Live Stream the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy Presentation

For the first time ever, the annual C Spire Conerly Trophy Presentation will be available on msfame.com to live stream. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st. Click the link below to watch live. LIVE STREAM THE 2015 C SPIRE CONERLY TROPHY PRESENTATION. Read more about the 10 nominees for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy

Gone Way Too Soon!

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By Bill Blackwell   Working at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum we deal with death way too often.  Many of our inductees had their glory days in the 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s and it is always a sad day when we lose one of these heroes.  This morning I was shocked to hear of the death of Tommy Hanson, only 29 years of age, six feet six inches and 220 lbs. and a fit athlete.  In 2009 while working for the Braves triple A franchise in Gwinnett...

Another of the Greatest Generation Departs

It is happening far too quickly. We lost the third member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame within the past five weeks.  This time it was Leon Bramlett, who follows fellow Hall of Fame members Bert Jenkins and Tom Goode to those pearly gates.  Leon, was a Clarksdale, MS native and graduated from Clarksdale High in 1941.   Following graduation Leon attended Ole Miss and played football in 1941, transferred to Alabama and played in 1942 for the Crimson Tide and then went to the US Naval Academy.  In...

Update on “Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes”

The second printing of Mississippi's Greatest Athletes is in! After selling out across Mississippi in mid-December, it's available at fine bookstores across the state and at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. If you are out of state, you can place your order by calling 601 982-8264. Shipping prices will apply. Place your order by calling 601 982-8264. Office hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. ••• Click here for a review of Mississippi's Greatest Athletes.

Tools for Teachers

  Tools for Teachers Free teacher time in the LeFleur Museum District! JACKSON, MISS. – The LeFleur Museum District (LMD) is hosting educators state-wide, at no cost, as they gear up for the fall semester at Tools for Teachers on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teachers will be able to travel to four museums (Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum) to receive information about field trips, professional...