Category: Rick’s Writings

RIP Jack Carlisle

Posted on: August 04,2021

RIP Jack Carlisle, who often won, and always did it his way by Rick Cleveland, Mississippi TodayJuly 28, 2021 The first time Mike Dennis met Jack Carlisle was in the summer of 1961. Dennis – a remarkable running back nicknamed “Iron Mike” – was about to play his senior season at Murrah High School. Carlisle […]

Miss. Sports Hall of Fame approaches biggest night in its 60-year history

Posted on: July 26,2021

Miss. Sports Hall of Fame approaches biggest night in its 60-year history by Rick Cleveland, Mississippi TodayJuly 26, 2021 Sixty years into its existence, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame this week prepares for the biggest weekend in its history. That’s no exaggeration. This Saturday evening, the state’s sports shrine will induct 11 deserving individuals, […]

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 […]