J.M. "Bubba" Phillips

Born: February 24, 1928

Died: June 22, 1993

Hometown: Macon, MS

Year of Induction: 1972


College Career

USM (1947-1950)

• Led baseball team with 35 hits (’48)

• Little All-America halfback, 2nd team (’50)

• All-Gulf States Conference halfback (’50)

• Rushed for 100 or more yards in seven different games

• Senior Bowl (’51)

• USM Football Team of the Century (’00)


Pro Baseball Career

Detroit Tigers (1955, 1963-1964)
Chicago White Sox (1956-1959)
Cleveland Indians (1960-1962)

• American League Champions (’59)

• Batted .300 vs. Dodgers in World Series (’59)


Did You Know?

From Rick Cleveland’s column in The Clarion-Ledger, Wednesday, June 23, 1993: “The story of how tiny Southern ‘recruited’ Phillips is legend. Phillips scored 235 points as a Macon High School senior. LSU thought they had him. But a Greyhound bus bound for Baton Rouge made a pit stop in Hattiesburg. Southern football coaches, alerted that Phillips was on the bus, coaxed him into making a short campus visit. Phillips’ suitcase made it to Baton Rouge; Phillips never did.”