Category: Rick’s Writings

How do you spell relief? If you are USM, it’s O-c-h and H-a-l-l

Posted on: June 07,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. OXFORD — Trailing Florida State 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the third inning of an elimination game, their season on the brink, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles needed some relief — and, man oh man, did they get it. Then, trailing Ole Miss 4-0 […]

State, Ole Miss split C Spire Awards

Posted on: June 03,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Mississippi State and Ole Miss split the C Spire Outstanding Player Awards announced Monday in a virtual awards program co-sponsored by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and C Spire. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic changed so much about how college sports were […]

Southern Miss mantra: When GPAs exceed ERAs, that’s a good thing

Posted on: June 02,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. You occasionally might beat Southern Miss baseball pitchers, but know this: Golden Eagles pitchers, a most intelligent group, do not beat themselves. The USM pitching staff ranks No. 1 in the nation in strikeouts-to-walks ratio, which might be the most under-valued of all […]

All these decades later, little ‘JT’ Bell gets his day at Miss. State

Posted on: May 14,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. In a more fair and just Mississippi, James Thomas Bell — JT to his family and friends around Starkville — probably would have attended his hometown college, then Mississippi A&M, where he surely would have become a baseball star. Of course, in a […]

Delta State retires Kinnison’s jersey; they’ll never retire his remarkable story

Posted on: April 26,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Author’s note:  Delta State University will retire former head baseball coach Mike Kinnison No. 15 jersey in a ceremony Saturday at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field prior to the 2 p.m. doubleheader against the University of Alabama-Huntsville.   Kinnison guided the Statesmen to the 2004 NCAA Division II national […]

Was Don Kessinger the best Ole Miss athlete ever? So glad you asked.

Posted on: April 22,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Greatest athlete in Ole Miss history? My guess in 99% of Rebels would blurt “Archie Manning” before the question is completed. Hard to argue: Manning was an All American quarterback and also an outstanding shortstop in baseball. And then there’s Jake Gibbs, also […]

Biggest Ole Miss-State series in history? There’s a lot of history.

Posted on: April 19,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State have played baseball for 128 years. That’s a lot of history. And yet, there probably has never been a more anticipated Rebel-Bulldog baseball series than the one scheduled for this weekend in Starkville. That’s why seats are selling […]