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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi’s sports heritage second to none

“Stories worth remembering and savoring … again and again,” said Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America.   Indeed.   Stories remembered and savored in the telling by Rick Cleveland in his book “Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes.”   Do you know the story of Roy and Commodore Cochran?  “Cousins of Sen. Thad Cochran, both were track and field gold medalists, Commodore in ...

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First-ever fan voting for top basketball players underway

JACKSON — For the first time in the history of the awards, Mississippians have the opportunity to take part in the voting for the C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies, which annually honor the Magnolia state’s top male and female college basketball players. C Spire, along with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (MSHOF), announced fan voting will ...

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Alyne Payton dies

Alyne Payton, mother of the late, great Jackson State and Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton has died, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame director Rick Cleveland reported today.  Cleveland writes: Mrs. Payton endured the early deaths of husband to an aneurysm in 1978 and Walter (to liver disease) in 1999. Through it all, she carried herself with grace and dignity. ...

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New kiosks make for a better visit at sports hall

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (http://msfame.com) in Jackson is full of stories — and now it has a new way to tell them. The first of four new kiosks is operational, and three more are scheduled to be online by the end of this week, said Rick Cleveland, the museum’s executive director. >>CLICK HERE to read more.

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Read February 1 issue of MBJ

>> FEAR THE OKRA Mad Genius ad campaign helps Delta State reintroduce the toughest vegetable in higher education— by Stephen McDill Also in this week’s paper: >> LEGISLATURE Move state offices to Capitol Complex — by Ted Carter >> SPORTS New kiosks make for a better visit at sports hall— by Frank Brown >> ENERGY Supreme Court mulls whether or ...

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Sports Hall of Fame long on needs

Those close to Rick Cleveland have started calling him “Rotary Rick.” It’s appropriate. A visitor hadn’t been in Cleveland’s office at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, where he’s been the executive director for six months, before he pulled out a calendar that was marked up with black and blue ink. “The ones in black are speaking engagements,” ...

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Award to remember Rubenstein

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson will honor its late director, Michael Rubenstein, with a new award. Hall executive director Rick Cleveland announced the creation of the Rube Award during a memorial service in Booneville, Rubenstein’s hometown. “Rube” was his nickname. Rubenstein, a former sportscaster, died last December. Cleveland says the first award will be presented July to ...

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History and health will be a big part of Cleveland mission at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Rick Cleveland and Michael Rubenstein shared one thing in common- a love for Mississippi sports history. With Cleveland as sports writer for the Clarion-Ledger and Rubenstein as sports reporter and anchor for WLBT TV-3, both men saw their fair share of some of that history “He was competition,” Cleveland told the MBJ in a video interview last week. “We were ...

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Cleveland goes to Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Longtime Jackson Clarion-Ledger sports columnist Rick Cleveland has been named the executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Cleveland, 59, takes over for the late Michael Rubenstein, who had been the Hall of Fame’s only executive director since it opened in 1996. Cleveland began his full-time journalism career at The Hattiesburg American in 1970 and has worked at ...

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Rick Cleveland heads to Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Rick Cleveland has recently bought three new suits. That’s a big deal. The last time he did that, it was 1999, and it was for Mississippi author Willie Morris’ funeral. The occasion is a bit more pleasant this time around. On May 1, Cleveland will become the second ever director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland ...

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