Quote of the Page:
“After writing sports for 17 years in Pascagoula, I have really enjoyed seeing so many familiar names. It is amazing that so many great athletes could come from the same area; and this does not even include Moss Point. I always pushed for a Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame to honor these people, but it never got any support. Maybe you can pick up the cause and see it through.” –Mark Bryant
Update–2-26-09 If you came over here from the Jackson County HOF page, what follows is a record of the discussion that took place in response to the idea of starting a Hall in the first place. Some of the discussion even relates to the Hall. Feel free to continue the conversation; this has been the most enjoyable thread in the blog’s history and there’s no reason that should stop now.
Travellinbaen’s blog posts on Pascagoula sports have proven to be popular (by this blog’s standards anyway) subjects and have brought a lot (by this blog’s standards anyway) of readers to the TB site. Because of the interest, and the direct suggestion by a (by this blog’s standards anyway) local celebrity, consider the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame hereby established. (The hereby gives it legal credence.)
A Hall of Fame should not be only one person’s opinion, especially when the whole county is included and the writer only knows a few athletes from some of those towns. And if you’ve read the blog for awhile, you probably know that TB isn’t likely to be partial to a small, elitist committee making all the decisions either. So I hereby declare you, the reader, as a member in good standing of the HOF selection committee. If you think someone deserves to be in our Hall, nominate them. Tell us why they belong. Then we’ll vote on whether they should be enshrined. Maybe one of these days we’ll even inform the electees of the honor we’ve bestowed.
I suppose we’ve gotta have a few rules to get started. If my provisional rules turn out to be unpopular or incomplete, we’ll just change them. But for now, I’m going to suggest that each of the following communities get ten inductees in the first class–Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Moss Point, and the County. And yes, I know its going to be hard to come up with enough OS athletes. Each community should be represented by at least one coach, one female and one representative from the Big Three sports–baseball, basketball and football. We’ll take nominations for awhile (another technical legal term), then we’ll vote. Top vote getters are Hall of Famers. We’ll have a special wing for the great teams the county has produced and a special exhibit on the greatest games ever played in our little corner of the world.
Ok, the ball’s in your court. I have some nominations, but I’ll let you get the first shot. Nominate, or rule propose, away. Let’s see how this turns out. Oh, I almost forgot, anybody who lands a sponsor for our Hall gets a lifetime free subscription to the TB website.