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Last sermon on the mound. . .

Last sermon on the mound. . .

Posted on: February 05,2013

By Douglas W. Shanks “Howdy Pardners, I’ve been waiting for you!” – with that booming introduction from the man himself, I was face to face with a true American legend. I was stunned at the hugeness of the man; everything was gigantic. His hands were massive. He stood at least 6’4” and he had one […]

Doug Kenna: A most remarkable man

Doug Kenna: A most remarkable man

Posted on: February 04,2013

Jackson native and Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Doug Kenna, who died Jan. 28 at the age of 88, once achieved one of the greatest scholar-athlete years in college sports history. You could look it up. I did. This was the school year of 1944-45 and Kenna played his sports and took his classes at […]

P.W. Underwood: A force of nature

P.W. Underwood: A force of nature

Posted on: February 04,2013

The date was Oct. 17, 1970. It was a muggy day, unseasonably warm. I was a just-turned-18-year-old USM freshman writing sports for the Hattiesburg American, and I had just seen a miracle. Southern Miss, coached by second-year Golden Eagle coach P. W. “Bear” Underwood, had just stunned mighty Ole Miss 30-14 on the new artificial […]

Anthony Dixon:  A Hall of Fame story

Anthony Dixon: A Hall of Fame story

Posted on: February 01,2013

We begin in the spring of 2001 with an eighth grade home room class from Terry making a field trip to the Mississippi Hall of Fame and Museum. Anthony Dixon, 13, steps up to the football touch-screen kiosk and taps up his hero Walter Payton. Along with films of Payton’s miraculous runs at Jackson State […]

Chancellor to speak at C Spire banquets

Posted on: January 29,2013

Hall of Fame basketball coach Van Chancellor will be the keynote speaker at the C Spire Wireless Howell and Gillom Awards luncheon set for March 11 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The Howell Trophy, which goes to the most outstanding men’s basketball player in Mississippi, is named for Bailey Howell, a […]

The team that couldn't shoot straight. . .

The team that couldn't shoot straight. . .

Posted on: January 17,2013

Next week the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the Lanier High School team of 1964-65 that won 43 games, lost none and averaged 100 points per game. They were national champions. But, today, we’ll go back 21 years earlier and visit the other end of the spectrum. This was early December, […]

Legislators visit Hall of Fame

Legislators visit Hall of Fame

Posted on: January 11,2013

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum held a reception for the 2013 Mississippi Legislature Thursday night.   Former Ole Miss football standouts Billy Ray Adams, left, and Jimmy Heidel.

'The Thing' for Bittle is now medicine

'The Thing' for Bittle is now medicine

Posted on: January 10,2013

He was practically unhittable, Scott Bittle was, when he dominated Southeastern Conference hitters for Ole Miss in 2008 and won the C Spire Boo Ferriss Trophy. Bittle threw one pitch so cruelly effective that it had its own name: The Thing. It looked like a fastball until it approached home plate and then it just […]