W.E. (Slew) Hester
As head of the USTA, the former amateur standout from Hazlehurst
was a driving force in establishing the National Tennis Center in
The Warriors center is from Jackson.
The football stadium at Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena is
named for alums Jerry Rice and Willie Totten, the former Delta
Devils quarterback who is now the school's coach.
The onetime light heavyweight boxing champion was from Benoit.
Lusia Harris Stewart
The 6'3" center from Minter City led Delta State to three
national titles and in 1992 was one of the first two female
players inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
In a tradition that dates back half a century, upward of 25,000
fans--many dressed in their Sunday finest--flock to this lovely
10-acre spot in the heart of the Ole Miss campus in Oxford to
tailgate beneath the oak trees before and after Rebels football
The Olympic women's basketball coach guided Ole Miss to 14 NCAA
women's tournament appearances.
The veteran NFL and college assistant now with Mississippi State
is the SEC's first black head football coach.
Cool Papa Bell
The Starkville-born Negro leagues outfielder is the only native
Mississippian in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd
The former Red Sox pitcher got his nickname in his hometown of
Meridian, where beer is called oil.
The NBA All-Star forward from Quitman is now with the Suns.
The Titans quarterback is a Mount Olive native and played his
college ball at Alcorn State in Lorman.
The town of 10,000 near Hattiesburg is the state's SI Sportstown
for having the best community sports programs.
International Checker Hall of Fame
Kids can act as checkers on the giant game board at this
attraction in Petal.
John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain met in the last sanctioned
bare-knuckle title fight in the U.S. here on July 8, 1889; the
heavyweight bout, which Sullivan won in 75 rounds, is
commemorated with a monument in Purvis.
The Sacramento Monarchs guard, a McClain native, was First Team
All-WNBA in 1997.
The Bills wideout from Lucedale was All-SEC at Mississippi State.
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
The arena by the beach in Biloxi is home to the Mississippi Sea
Wolves minor league hockey team.
Dizzy Dean Gallery
The Hall of Fame pitcher from Bond is commemorated in a section
of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.
To read an SI Flashback story about Jerry Rice, view a gallery of
every Mississippi cover or submit your own Magnolia State sports
memory, go to si.com/50.