Star Tracking …
June 13, 2001
Pat McMahon is taking his gaudy record to the other side of the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State said Tuesday McMahon resigned as baseball coach after four winning seasons in Starkville and sources say he will be hired today by Florida. Mississippi State athletic director Larry Templeton said he met with McMahon twice Monday and again Tuesday morning, but would not confirm the 48-year-old coach's move from the SEC West to the East.
Got talent and a dream? More than 25 local baseball players stepped up to the plate Tuesday for a Major League tryout with the New York Mets. Mets' scout Bob Rossie held the open tryout at Scaggs Field on the campus of Meridian Community College, looking for players who might have been overlooked in the recent draft. The players were timed in 30 and 60 yard sprints, given an opportunity to take batting practice and the pitchers were clocked.
June 13, 1997
Thanks to a couple of former American Leaguers, a National League team won the first interleague game in baseball history Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. Stan Javier homered and hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, leading Mark Gardner and the San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 46,507. The history-making night began with Darren Oliver throwing a low, inside fastball to Darryl Hamilton at 7:11 p.m. CDT, ending the separation between leagues that traditionalists had preserved for more than century.
In the first week of the 1997 Big South League season, the Meridian Brakemen have proven that they can win in several different ways. Tuesday night against Tupelo, the Brakemen showed that they could come from behind and rally for the big inning when they needed it. The visiting Tornado stormed out to a 4-0 lead only to see Meridian push across six runs in the fourth and go on to a 12-9 win. The win vaulted the Brakemen a half-game ahead of Tupelo for first place in the Big South.
June 13, 1992
PORTLAND, Ore. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, again playing their best when the stakes are highest, regained control of the NBA Finals on Friday night. Jordan scored 46 points and Scottie Pippen had 24 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Bulls 119-106 victory that gave them a 3-2 lead over Portland in the NBA championship series. Clyde Drexler scored 30 points for the Trail Blazers, gunning for their first NBA title since 1977. Chicago can become the NBA's third repeat champions in six years with another victory in Game 6 at home on Sunday or in Game 7 at Chicago Stadium on Wednesday.
Sports Faces …
With one gold in hand, Matt Barrett will try and add a couple more in this week's State Games of Mississippi.
Barrett took a gold on June 2 by winning the Open Center Board division of the sailing competition at Okatibbee Lake. Joining Barrett was mate Troy Buckalew.
On Saturday, Barrett will compete as the State Games' waterskiing and wakeboard competitions. The events will take place on the man-made lake at Dream Lake north of Meridian.
Barrett said his first gold for the sailing came with a lot of word.