“I graduated from State in 1973. I was a Lambda Chi, and we were there for the beginning of Left Field Lounge. It was a few years before Coach Ron Polk arrived, and Dudy Noble looked like a high school ballpark. I parked my Volkswagen van with the other cars by the outfield fence. We got there a few hours early to claim our spot and to start having refreshments. We were loud by the time the game started. There was a pasture behind the baseball field. We ducked through the barbed wire and went into the field for bathroom breaks.
I graduated, got a job, and moved around, but I was active in the Bulldog Club and kept going to the games as much as I could. The games were hard to get on the radio in Hattiesburg. I parked my car a certain way in my front yard to pick them up. I opened the car doors and sat in my lawn chair to listen with my cowbell and beverage of choice. I was the crazy neighbor ringing the cowbell. In my younger days, a loss would upset me through the middle of the week. There were a lot of days of being upset. Now that I’m older, I let losses go the next day. When State beat Auburn in football and went to number one, I rang my cowbell so hard I broke it. A welder fixed it.
We came close to championships several times but finally got here. Winning the College World Series wipes out everything else.”