Category: Rick’s Writings

Nearing 33, Brittney Reese has a young inspiration for her long, remarkable career

Posted on: August 23,2019

The following article is written by former Museum Executive Director, Rick Cleveland and was originally published at Before Gulfport native Brittney Reese became a world champion long jumper, an Olympic gold medalist and a single mother, she was high school and junior college basketball star with a decision to make: Basketball or track and […]

RIP: Joe Gibbon, 83, one of state’s greatest two-sport athletes

Posted on: February 21,2019

By Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today In 1957, Joe Gibbon scored more points than college contemporaries Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. Three years later, Gibbon helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win baseball’s championship, defeating the New York Yankees in the World Series. Joe Gibbon, one of the greatest multi-sport athletes in Mississippi history, died Wednesday at his […]

Sanderson Farms Championship: no more second fiddle for state’s PGA Tour event

Posted on: January 16,2019

You likely have seen Mississippi’s big golf news today: The Sanderson Farms Championship, long the state’s premier golf tournament played annually at Country Club of Jackson, is switching dates and stepping up in status on the PGA Tour. The 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship will be played Sept. 16-22 and the total purse zooms from $4.4 […]

At Trustmark Park, there’ll be a new but familiar face in the coaches’ box

Posted on: April 05,2018

This article first appeared at It was written by former museum Executive Director & Historian, Rick Cleveland.  Jackson native Chris Maloney, new manager of the Mississippi Braves, spent 28 years employed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He managed championship minor league teams at three different levels. He coached first base and third base for the Major […]

As the Hugh Freeze era shatters at Ole Miss, no winners to be found

Posted on: July 21,2017

As first seen on, by Rick Cleveland Hugh Freeze made $5 million a year to coach Ole Miss football. He was a rock star. He took Ole Miss to its first Sugar Bowl in 46 years and won it by four touchdowns. He beat juggernaut Alabama two straight games and almost a third. He […]

C Spire Gillom and C Spire Howell Notes

Posted on: March 08,2017

Ole Miss’ Saiz, State’s Vivians take home trophies BY RICK CLEVELAND MARCH 6, 2017 SHARETWEET EMAILPRINTMORE Rick Clevleand Sebastian Saiz (center), poses with Bailey Howell and Andy Kennedy (right), after winning the C Spire Howell Trophy.   Notes, quotes and an opinion or three from the C Spire Howell and Gillom Awards luncheon Monday at […]

Good Competition for C Spire Howell/Gillom Awards

Posted on: February 16,2017

There is still a while to go before the end of the regular basketball season for Mississippi colleges but voters are starting to look for their favorites to win the C Spire Howell Trophy and the C Spire Gillom Trophy.  Each year a panel of state- wide media select the finalists for this coveted honor, […]

The Museum Debuts New Entrance Film

Posted on: January 18,2017

By Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has a new introductory film in its newly named Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Theatre. The new, 15-minute presentation was produced through a generous grant from the Jackson-based Gertrude C. Ford Foundation. The museum, which turned 20 last July, still showed the original […]