Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball
The Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team representing Mississippi State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The program is a member of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference; the current head coach is Chris Lemonis. It has appeared in the College World Series 10 times, most in 2018, they earned their highest finish in their 2013 CWS appearance, losing in the finals to UCLA, finishing the season with a consensus No. 2 ranking, the highest in program history. Mississippi State has won eleven SEC Championships in 1948, 1949, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2016, it has won the SEC Tournament seven times, in 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 2001, 2005, 2012. As shown in the List of SEC champs, it has won six SEC postseason two-team playoffs, in 1948, 1949, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971; the seven tournament championships and six playoff championships are a total of thirteen SEC postseason championships, the most of any school. Prior to the formation of the SEC, the program won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in 1909, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1922 as well as the Southern Conference title in 1924.
The program has appeared in 33 NCAA Regionals and 10 College World Series, with its highest finish being second place in 2013. Between 1992 and 2003, a Bulldogs pitcher was selected in the first round of the MLB draft 6 times; the Bulldogs play their home games at Polk-DeMent Stadium. Dubbed the "Carnegie Hall of College Baseball" by Nelle Cohen, wife of former MSU skipper and current Athletic Director John Cohen, it was the host site of the first SEC tournament and holds the NCAA baseball on-campus attendance record of 15,586 spectators, set in a game against the University of Mississippi in 2014; the stadium has hosted each of the top 10 largest crowds to attend an on-campus college baseball game. In 2013 Paul Swaney, of Stadium Journey, ranked it as the number one collegiate ballpark. One of the venue's most prominent features is the Left Field Lounge, an outfield area where spectators can gather and enjoy the games in a tailgate setting, including stands built on top of old pick-up trucks and trailers.
In 2005, the Palmeiro Center, a 68,000-square-foot indoor practice facility, was built next to Dudy Noble. The facility, made possible by a gift from program alumnus Rafael Palmeiro and his wife Lynne, features an infield practice area, additional training area, three batting cages. A baseball coaches' office complex located between the Palmeiro Center and Dudy Noble Field was built in 2005; the complex, which includes a baseball heritage room, was made possible by contributions from former Bulldog players Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Eric DuBose, Paul Maholm, Jay Powell and Bobby Thigpen, along with sports agent and former Bulldog manager Bo McKinnis. The program has set many attendance records at Dudy Noble Field. SEC weekend games draw the largest crowds to Dudy Noble Field. Mississippi State holds the NCAA record for the largest single game on-campus baseball attendance at 15,586 and the largest SEC crowd for a 3-game weekend series at 39,181. In 2007, in a Super Regional against the Clemson Tigers, Mississippi State set NCAA attendance records for Super Regional games with 12,620 and 13,715 fans.
More than 5,000,000 spectators have attended games at the venue since the university started tracking attendance numbers in 1976. Mississippi State holds nine of the top 10 and 17 of the top 25 on-campus crowds in college baseball history, including 14 crowds of over 12,000 and 42 crowds of over 10,000. Shown below are the 10 largest home crowds in Mississippi State history. Note that nine of these crowds are among the NCAA's 10 largest on-campus crowds. * 1st round of the 2007 MLB Supplemental Draft ** Taken in the Competitive Balance 1st round of the 2017 MLB Draft Player of the YearBrent Rooker Pitcher of the YearChris Stratton Only those who coached 3 or more seasons and 30 or more games. † There was no SEC Baseball Tournament before 1977. Records are for the two team playoff. In baseball, MSU has LSU and Ole Miss.. Against LSU, the Bulldogs hold a 207–175–1 all-time series lead over LSU in a series that got its start in 1907. Against Mississippi, Mississippi State now leads the series 248–204–5.
Retired Mississippi State head baseball coach, Ron Polk, was 85–49 against Mississippi. John Cohen, MSU's former coach, was 8–11 in SEC Conference games and 11–17 overall against Mississippi. Andy Cannizaro was 4-0 against Mississippi in 2017. Gary Henderson, MSU's current interim head coach, is 3-1 against Mississippi; the two teams play a 3-game series each year that counts in the SEC standings and one non-conference game in Jackson, MS. The game in Jackson was called the Mayor's Trophy from 1980 to 2006, from 2007 to present the game has been called the Governor's Cup; the Mayor's Trophy series ended 14–13 in favor of the Rebels. With the 2007 season, the non-conference meeting between the two teams moved to Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi –, the home to the Mississippi Braves. Mississippi State holds the lead in the Governor's Cup 7–4. List of NCAA Division I baseball programs SECSports.com All-Time SEC Baseball Tournament Results Mississippi State Baseball Medi Boyd's World Data Ron Polk Bio Pat McMahon Bio 2013 Mississippi State Universality baseball Media Guide Left Field Lounge News What is the Left Field Lounge by John Grisham Official website
Dudy Noble Field, Polk–DeMent Stadium
Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium is a baseball facility on the campus of Mississippi State University and is the home of the Bulldogs Baseball Team. DNF-PDS has been the setting of Southeastern Conference Tournaments, NCAA Regional and Super Regional Championships, it holds the current NCAA on-campus single-game attendance record at 15,586, it is known for the Left Field Lounge. Mississippi State has been playing baseball at the present stadium site for 50 years, dating back to April 3, 1967 and a 5-3 Mississippi State win over Illinois Wesleyan. What today stands as one of college baseball's top facilities grew in large part from the labors of Tom D'Armi, chief assistant coach to longtime Bulldog skipper Paul Gregory; when the tin-roofed grandstand and bleachers seating more than 2,000 were moved to the stadium's present site in the mid-1960s, it became D'Armi's task to "build" the new field. The task of hauling in and leveling top soil and nurturing the turf, building the bullpens, placing signs on the outfield fence and planting the cedar trees beyond the outfield fence, fell to D'Armi.
The hard work didn't go unrecognized. The field was subsequently honored by the U. S. Groundskeeper's Association as the nation's best maintained athletic field; the facility was constructed on schedule by W. G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss; the Bulldog Club, MSU's athletic fund-raising body, shouldered a $2 million bonding program to account for the biggest portion of the project, with the remainder financed by alumni and friends through the sale of $1,000, $500 and $250 chairback seats, honorary deeds to plots of Dudy Noble Field turf, other general donations. For the book Inside Dudy Noble, A Celebration of Mississippi State Baseball, MSU alumnus John Grisham wrote an introduction about his time at MSU and in the Left Field Lounge; the infield and portions of the adjoining outfield areas have in recent years been resodded, the infield dirt replaced, the pitcher's mound rebuilt. The green padding on the facing of the stadium wall was replaced prior to the 2002 season, a new flooring material has been installed in both dugouts and the tunnels leading to them.
The Bulldog locker room has been recarpeted, improved lighting added and new lockers installed, one of many projects funded by the four-year-old MSU Dugout Club. Early in the 2004 season a speaker system was added near the concession stand area, while a new state-of-the-art scoreboard/message center was installed in the middle of the season beyond the existing scoreboard. Begun during the final week of the 2004 home season was the installation of wrought iron fencing and gates beneath the grandstand. Additional stadium improvements are on the drawing board, all part of Mississippi State's commitment to maintain Dudy Noble Field, Polk–DeMent Stadium as the consummate collegiate ballpark for players and spectators alike. In 2007 Dudy Noble held the largest crowd in super regional history of 13,715 in a victory over the Clemson Tigers that sent the Bulldogs to the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Following the 2008 Season, a new larger Hi-Def video board replaced the 4-year old smaller screen along with a covering for the back of the scoreboard which displays the current year's baseball schedule.
Planned renovations for the summer of 2009 include replacing all the out-dated drainage and pump systems below the field and all grass on the field. In March 2013, Dudy Noble debuted a new mobile concessions ordering service — dawgsnax.com — with in-seat food delivery for fans in the grandstand seating area. In 2017, Dudy Noble was leveled to make way for an all-new Dudy Noble Field scheduled to be completed by the 2019 season; the 2018 season will be played at 3/4 capacity. The Left Field Lounge is the area beyond the outfield fence, it is unique in college baseball, has enabled the grounds to be named the "#1 place to watch college baseball" and among the "100 things you gotta do before you graduate" by Sports Illustrated. In 2009 the lounge was named "the country's best tailgating experience" by ESPN Magazine. Dudy Noble Field has hosted four SEC tournaments, one SEC Western Division Tournament, two NCAA District III tournaments, 13 NCAA Regional tournaments, Super Regionals in 2007 and 2016.
SEC weekend games draw the largest crowds, giving rise to huge weekend gatherings. Mississippi State holds the NCAA record for the largest single game on-campus baseball attendance at 15,586 and the largest SEC crowd for a 3-game weekend series at 39,181. In 2007 versus the Clemson Tigers, MSU had the NCAA's top two all-time highest attended Super Regional games with 12,620 and 13,715 fans. Mississippi State has all of the top 11 on-campus crowds in the history of college baseball. Overall, DNF-PDS has held 12 crowds over 12,000 and 35 crowds over 10,000. In 2013, the Bulldogs ranked 4th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 7,617 per home game. In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the stadium as the best big game atmosphere in Division I baseball. List of NCAA Division I baseball venues Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium seating chart Campus Map: Dudy Noble Field / Polk-Dement Stadium Photo Gallery: Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium 7/20/2010 Virtual Visit: Dudy Noble Field Dudy Noble Field: The Venue LeftFieldLounge.com Left Field Lounge Tradition Left Field Lounge represents the best of MSU
WMSV FM 91.1 is a radio station in Starkville, Mississippi located on the campus of Mississippi State University. Prior to WMSV, Mississippi State had a student-run radio station, WMSB, which went off the air permanently at the end of the spring semester of 1986. WMSB was a low-power FM station with studios on the top floor of Lee Hall. Marketed as "The Radio," the station's 10-watt, FM signal extended past the boundaries of the campus; the station's album oriented rock format was augmented with an hourly ten-to-fifteen minute jazz block. Additionally, weekend formatting was African-American oriented beginning in 1979. WORJ's News Blimp program was broadcast. WMSB was started during the fall semester of 1971 in a freshman dorm room on the third floor of Critz Hall, utilizing an FM stereo transmitter, designed and built as a high school science fair project by one of the station's founders; the station's original call letters were RHOM. It was on air from 8:00-midnight each evening. Funding was solicited from the Student Association.
With funding approved, the low-power RCA FM transmitter was ordered and the call letters WMSB were issued by the U. S. Federal Communications Commission; the station was moved to studios on the top floor of Lee Hall, occupied by a student-run AM station. On March 21, 1994, the campus radio station went back on the air after an eight-year absence; the station's new call letters were WMSV. The 14,000 watt station broadcast across a 50-60 mile radius around the campus and used the slogan "Radio With a Vision"; when it began operations, the station played a blend of alternative album oriented rock. The station broadcast many specialty shows such as blues, new age, urban and a number of public affairs programs. In the beginning, the station was run by more than 75 student volunteers with a paid general manager, Steve Ellis, on staff with the university; the first student staff included: Mike Bianco - Program Director April Smith - Promotions Director James Martin - Music Director Robby Stanley - Public Affairs Director Jay Houts - News DirectorWMSV garnered two first place awards from the National Association of College Broadcasters in its first year of operations and numerous Gold Awards from the Mississippi Association of College Broadcasters.
It was recognized as one of the College Music Journal's most influential college stations in the country. By 1996, an assistant station manager, Scott Wilson, had been hired, but volunteers still worked in the capacity of DJs, music staffers, news reporters, specialty program hosts, public affairs program hosts and office staff. In January 1999, WMSV changed its slogan to "World Class Radio"; the decision to change the identifying logo/slogan of the station was due to the change in the music format to more of an Adult album alternative blend. WMSV ran a dedicated news department from 1994-2007. In 1994, student news director Jay Houts was named the top news reporter in the country by the National Association of College Broadcasters; the next year, news director Norris Agnew earned the runner-up spot in news reporting at the 1995 NACB convention. In 1996, news director Suehyla El-Attar was a finalist for the country's top news reporting award. In 1997, news director Brian McCann received several awards for journalism from the Mississippi Associated Press.
The station had 30-minute news broadcasts that aired at 7:30am and 5:00pm with an additional 5-minute news update at noon. Utilizing local student reporters, combined with the nationally known Associated Press Wire Service, the station produced coverage of national and local events as well as sport reports. Additionally, the station offered the Geosciences Department at MSU the opportunity to appoint student meteorologists within the Broadcast Meteorology Program to deliver weather updates. In January 2001, the evening news broadcast was discontinued in favor of three 6-minute news updates at 5, 6 and 7 pm; this move was made to make room for a sports news program that aired from 5-8 p.m. focusing on the Southeastern Conference. In 2001, the station decided to put more emphasis on sports news in the evening; the evening newscast was canceled and three short news updates were put in its place at the top of the 5, 6 and 7 p.m. hours. The former 5 p.m. news slot made room for the creation of "Bulldog Drive Time", which discussed Mississippi State sports and news.
In 2006, this show was re-imagined, "Southeastern Drive Time" debuted. SDT is a one-hour sports program broadcast from 5-6 p.m. featuring discussion on current news in the Southeastern Conference. Hosted by Steve Ellis and Anthony Craven, it is broadcast on radio affiliates in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia; as part of its non-commercial radio distinction, the station started a Public Affairs Department in 1994. The station aired; these included "The Health Show", "Special Assignment", Fifty-one Percent", "The Environment Show" and "The Best of Our Knowledge". The station produced many local shows such as "Focus on Faculty" hosted by Meredith Geuder of MSU's University Relations Department, which featured interviews with faculty and staff in the news at MSU. Another important facet of WMSV's public affairs programming is the airing of public service announcements; the station airs three live PSA's per hour, or seventy-two per day for local organizations, charit
The Cotton District
The Cotton District is a community located in Starkville, Mississippi. It was founded by Dan Camp, the developer and property manager of much of the area, it is significant for its use of traditional architecture and as an example of traditional neighborhood development practices in the 1960s. The Cotton District has elements of Greek Revival mixed with Classical or Victorian. Many of these ideas came from Camp’s own travels to Europe and parts of the United States, like Charleston and New Orleans; the Cotton District is a walkable neighborhood that contains some restaurants and bars in addition to hundreds of unique residential units, many which are filled by college students and young professionals. The area is home to the annual Cotton District Arts Festival which now boasts as many as 40,000 attendants each year, it hosts the annual Bulldog Bash, which draws over 20,000 people for the festival's free concerts and has featured artists such as Third Eye Blind, Gavin Degraw, Sister Hazel, Howie Day, Will Hoge and Edwin McCain among others.
Starkville is adjacent to the campus of Mississippi State University and is a registered retirement community. The Cotton District
Jackson State University
Jackson State University is a public black university in Jackson, Mississippi. The university is one of the largest HBCUs in the United States and the fourth largest university in Mississippi; the university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Jackson State University is classified as a research university with high research activity. Jackson State University's athletic teams, the Tigers, participate in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the SWAC; the university is the home of the Sonic Boom of a marching band founded in the 1940s. Their accompanying dance team, the Prancing J-Settes, are well known for their unique style of dance, known as J-Setting. Jackson State University was founded during the Reconstruction era in 1877 in Natchez, Mississippi, as Natchez Seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York City; the Society moved the school to Jackson, in 1882, renaming it Jackson College.
It developed its present campus in 1902. It became a state-supported public institution in 1940; the campus contains over 50 administrative buildings on 245 acres. The main campus is located on JR Lynch Street between Prentiss and Dalton streets in the central region of the city. Ayer Hall is the oldest structure on campus, it was named in honor of the first president of the institution. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Green-Gibb Pedestrian Walkway was named in honor of those who died in the Jackson State shooting in 1970. Since the early 2000s, millions of dollars worth of renovations and new construction have been completed on campus due to JSU winning a $500 million lawsuit against the State of Mississippi for decades of discrimination and inequitable funding in 2001. Jackson State has satellite campuses throughout the Jackson Metropolitan area, including the Universities Center, JSU-Madison campus, JSU-Holmes campus, JSU-Mississippi E-Center, JSU-Downtown.
JSU colleges and schools include: College of Business College of Education and Human Development College of Liberal Arts College of Public Service School of Public Health College of Science and Technology School of Journalism and Media Studies W. E. B. Du Bois Honors College School of Life Long LearningIn 2015, JSU became the first university in Mississippi approved by the legislature to establish a School of Public Health. JSU is the only university in Mississippi to earn two consecutive "Apple Distinguished School" distinctions. Apple Inc. biennially acknowledges schools. Since 2012, Jackson State University has provided all first-time, full-time freshmen brand new iPads to increase technology usage on campus. JSU is the first and only HBCU in Mississippi to support a bachelor's and master's level engineering program. JSU is one of only two universities in Mississippi with a comprehensive meteorology undergraduate level degree program. Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked JSU as among the top universities in the United States for producing African Americans with bachelor's degrees in education and physical science.
Jackson State University ranks in the top 20 of HBCUs in the US according to the U. S. News & World Report annual HBCU ranking; the W. E. B. Du Bois – Maria Luisa Alvarez Harvey Honors College is a selective interdisciplinary college at the university that provides a unique academic experience for the most high-achieving undergraduate students; the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and 14 other accreditation granting institutions to offer bachelor's, master's, education specialist degrees. Athletic teams are a member of the NCAA Division I-FCS Southwestern Athletic Conference known as the SWAC. All SWAC sports are DI with Football being FCS; the university fields teams in men's and women's basketball, softball, tennis and bowling. The university's mascot is the Tiger, the teams are sometimes referred to as the "Blue Bengals." The Tiger men's football team has a heralded history and sharing 16 SWAC titles, including 2007. Its most famous alumni includes Pro Football Hall of Famers Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Walter Payton, former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith.
Former NFL wide-receiver, five-time Pro Bowler and Jackson State alumnus Harold Jackson, served as head football in 2014 and 2015. JSU's well-known rivals include Southern, Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Grambling State; the band was organized in the early 1940s. As early as the mid-1920s, the University had a well-organized orchestra; the group was given the nickname "The Sonic Boom of the South" by band director Harold J. Haughton Sr. in 1971. In 1971, the majorettes abandoned their batons and became a dance team known as the Prancing J-Settes named by Haughton. In 1974, "Get Ready", an old Motown favorite, was selected as the band's theme song. During the mid-1970s, the "Tiger Run-On" was perfected. Created by Haughton, the "Tiger Run-On" is a fast, eye-catching shuffle step that blends an adagio step with an up-tempo shuffle back to adagio—a Sonic Boom trademark that brings fans to their feet during halftime performances. In October 1990, under the direction of Dowell Taylor and staff, five Sonic Boom of the South performed in Los Angeles, for Motown 30-What's Going on.
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W23BC was a low-power television station in Jackson, Mississippi. The station was operated by Jackson State University; the station carried some programming from America One. Until April 30, 2007, W23BC carried programming from the Black Family Channel, which folded on that date; the station carried some programming from Colours TV, a minority television channel that folded in July 2011. It is unknown when the station picked up America One; the station's license was cancelled on September 24, 2013, due to its failure to file a renewal application. Query the FCC's TV station database for W23BC TV 23 on Twitter
The Egg Bowl is the name given to the Mississippi State–Mississippi football rivalry. It is an American college football rivalry game played annually between Southeastern Conference members Mississippi State University and Ole Miss; the rivalry is the tenth longest uninterrupted series in the United States. The two teams first played each other in 1901. Since 1927 the winning squad has been awarded possession of the "Golden Egg Trophy". In cases where the game ended in a tie the previous winner retained possession of the trophy. Ole Miss leads the series 62–45–6 through the 2018 season; the game is a typical example of the intrastate rivalries between several public universities. These games are between one bearing the state's name alone, the land-grant university styled as "State University." Like most such rivalries, it is contested at the end of the regular season, in this case during the Thanksgiving weekend and has been played on Thanksgiving 23 times, including from 1998–2003 and in 2013, 2017 and 2018.
The first game in the series was played on October 1901 at Mississippi State. Mississippi State known as the Mississippi A&M College and nicknamed the Aggies, defeated Ole Miss, nicknamed the Red and Blue at that time, by a final score of 17–0; the two squads met on the gridiron every year from 1901 until 1911 and after a 3-year hiatus, resumed the series in 1915. From 1973 through 1990 the game was played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, which seats 62,000. Besides being centrally located in the state, at the time it was the only venue in the state capable of seating the anticipated crowd. Both have been expanded and are now capable of accommodating the crowds which can realistically be expected, both on-campus venues have been continually upgraded to the point where they are superior in amenities to Veterans Memorial Stadium. At one point the level of rivalry was such that a victory by one of the schools in this game could salvage what had otherwise been a poor season; this was however proven not to always be the case when in 2004 Ole Miss won the game but fired its coach, David Cutcliffe, the next year, following a disappointing season.
Mississippi State dominated the first part of the series with a 17-5-1 record against Ole Miss.. However, Ole Miss now leads the series, due to its performance in the rivalry under Johnny Vaught. Vaught went 19–2–4 against the Maroons/Bulldogs during his two separate tenures at Ole Miss; the series has favored Mississippi State most recently. The two recent Ole Miss wins were by a total of 14 points while the six Mississippi State wins were by a total of 124 points. In the last three games in the series, Mississippi State crushed Ole Miss by more than 30 points in each of its two wins while Ole Miss only managed one win in a contested 31-28 game; the Aggies dominated the early days of the series including a 13-game A&M winning streak from 1911–25 during which time the Aggies outscored the Red and Blue by a combined 327–33. Through 1925 Ole Miss had won only five times out of twenty-three total contests. In 1926 when the Red and Blue ended their 13-game losing streak by defeating A&M 7–6 in Starkville, the Ole Miss fans rushed the field with some trying to tear the goalposts down.
A&M fans did not take well to the Ole Miss fans destroying their property and fights broke out. Some A&M fans defended the goal posts with wooden chairs, several injuries were reported. According to one account:"Irate Aggie supporters took after the ambitious Ole Miss group with cane bottom chairs, fights broke out; the mayhem continued until most of the chairs were splintered." To prevent such events in the future, students of the two schools created the "Golden Egg", a large trophy, awarded to the winning team each year since 1927. The trophy is a large football-shaped brass piece mounted to a wooden base and traditionally symbolizes supremacy in college football in the state of Mississippi for the year; the footballs used in American football in the 1920s were more ovoid and blunter than those in use today and similar to the balls still used in rugby. The awarding of the "Golden Egg" was instituted in 1927 by joint agreement between the two schools' student bodies. In the event of a tie the school that won the game the previous year kept the trophy for the first half of the new year and the trophy was sent to the other school for the second half of the new year.
The game was given the nickname "Egg Bowl" by Clarion-Ledger sportswriter Tom Patterson in 1979. 1901: The first meeting between the two schools was delayed for 40 minutes because of a dispute between the rivals over the eligibility of A&M’s Norvin E. Green, who had played for the Ole Miss squad the year before, it was agreed that Green would not play and the game kicked off with A&M going on to win by a score of 17–0. 1902: The second contest resulted in the first Ole Miss victory by a score of 21–0. 1903: The third meeting between the Aggies and the Red and Blue resulted in the fir