Shuckers begin home play Tuesday

The Biloxi Shuckers open the 2021 home schedule on Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. game against the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park, and the Double A squad’s opener is going to be magnetic.

Fans on opening night will receive a 2021 magnet schedule, presented by The Peoples Bank. It’s also the first postgame fireworks show of the year, presented by Waste Pro. 

The Shuckers, whose lineup boasts four of the Milwaukee Brewers top prospects and two of the Brewers last three first-round draft picks, are opening their home season after winning only one game of a six-game series against the Birmingham Barons. The weather forecast for Tuesday: 50 percent chance of rain during the day, dropping to 40 percent during the night.

Tickets for the MGM home opener are on sale now, and all tickets will be digital this year. Tickets can be purchased online at, which allows fans to hand select their seats. Tickets purchased prior to the day of game are up to 20 percent off the price of a day of game ticket, and once fans have purchased their tickets, an email or text message will be sent that can either be scanned off a mobile device or printed at home.

Additionally, tickets that are purchased at the MGM Park box office will also be sent digitally, either as an email or text message. As a result, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online for the 2021 season.
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Cotton States league to begin play in Biloxi

More baseball is coming to Biloxi, with the Cotton States League expanding to a Coastal Division and playing games in June and July. You’ll see such teams as the Biloxi Bacon, Gulfport Gamblers, Ocean Springs Ospreys, Bay St Louis Seagulls, D’Iberville Dolphins, and Pascagoula Pelicans

The Coastal Division league will be offering a chance for up to 150 collegiate players to play for six to eight teams, with games being played at MGM Park, Biloxi High School and A.J. Holloway Sports Complex on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoon, and Monday night. The teams will play three games a weekend and have a regular season which includes 20 scheduled games a team with a League Championship Series beginning on Friday, July 23 and concluding with the LCS Championship Game on Sunday, July 25.

Former Major Leaguer and Biloxi native Barry Lyons, whose 14-year pro career included being a member of the 1986 Mets World Champion team, has been named as spokesperson, ambassador and coach for the league. Lyons, who was instrumental in seeing the city construct MGM Park, is also a league owner. State Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs serves as league commissioner.

Teams will have a roster of 12 positions players and six pitchers only.  Games are scheduled to begin June 4. 
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Biloxi’s big leaguer to headline Biloxi First Roast

Biloxi First, the non-profit that funds classroom projects in Biloxi Public Schools, has announced that Lee “Peter Roy” Elder will be the honoree for this year’s annual Biloxi First Roast, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28 at the IP Casino Resort.

Elder, a Biloxi native, established himself as one of the premier scouts in Major League baseball and has won six World Series rings: three with George Steinbrenner’s New York Yankees and three with the San Francisco Giants before his retirement.

Elder was a standout athlete before serving his country in Vietnam, and was an enthusiastic ambassador for Biloxi during his travels around the country scouting Major League baseball.

His World Series rings: 1996, 1998 and 1999 with the Yankees, and 2010, 2012 and 2014 with the Giants.

The Biloxi First Roast, now in its 18th year, is the primary fund-raising effort for Biloxi First. Tickets for the roast are expected to go on sale in several weeks.