Shuckers: Biloxi team unveils name, logo

From the Biloxi Shuckers

The new Biloxi professional baseball team revealed its identity Monday night as the Biloxi Shuckers took center stage during a ceremony inside Biloxi’s historic Saenger Theatre. The Shuckers will begin play in the Southern League next April as the new Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

“We are very excited to introduce our name and logos to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” stated Shuckers President Ken Young. “The anticipation in the community has been tremendous. Our logo depicts the fun and exciting atmosphere that Minor League Baseball is known for throughout this country. We think that kids are going to love it. The seafood industry is so important to the entire region, and we wanted a name that meant something to the community.”

The team name was selected after nearly 60,000 votes were cast after the month-long “Name the Team” contest yielded six finalists. The Shuckers will host a separate event to select the winner of the “Name the Team” contest.

A tenacious oyster is the centerpiece of the identity, seen both in the club’s primary logo, home and alternate caps. The letters “BS” ¬†make up the road cap designation. On those caps, fans will see the Biloxi Lighthouse logo, resiliently rising above historic storm waters. Gulf Blue, Sand, Coral, and Black make up the club’s new official colors, paying tribute to the Gulf Coast. The Shuckers are the first professional sports team to use this color combination. The logos and color scheme will be seen throughout the home of the Shuckers, MGM Park.

Official Shuckers merchandise is available now at the Shuckers Team Store, which is inside the Biloxi Transit Center, ¬†820 MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite B. Merchandise available on the Shuckers’ official website,¬†www.biloxishuckers.¬†com.
See photos from the event last night


Visitors Center to host North, introduce museum pass 

The Biloxi Visitors Center, which is already showcasing the work of Katrina sculptures chainsaw artist Marlin Miller, will host a two-day exhibit by the work of local photographer Alex North this weekend, and on Sunday will introduce the Museum Pass, a new ticket that offers admission to a trio of museums and the Biloxi Lighthouse.

North, whose local scenery photography gained acclaim through regular Facebook posts, will have his work  on display Saturday and Sunday.

A native of the Gulf Coast, North is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer. ¬†“As a photographer my main subject matter is our God given natural surroundings and the wildlife which call it home,” he says. “I try to capture things you don‚Äôt see, be it a stunning sunrise, Osprey fishing, or a bloom opening.¬† My goal is to capture it as it happens and share it with you through photography.”

North will be on hand both days to sign his 2015 “Heaven‚Äôs Gateway II” calendar. ¬†¬†These great Christmas gifts showcase the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and include a bonus two sided print that is suitable for framing.

Then, on Sunday, the Visitors Center will begin offering a new museum pass, called Museum Pass, which allows visitors admission into the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Ohr- O’Keefe Museum of Art, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and the Biloxi Lighthouse.

The passes — a $38 value — will be sold for $20 each.

Individuals who buy a pass this Sunday between noon and ¬†4 p.m. — as part of a “museum crawl” — will be entered into a drawing for a holiday gift basket valued at more than $500. It will include an original Marlin Miller sculpture. Patrons visiting the participating museums that day will receive additional chances to win the gift basket.

While at the Visitors Center, guests are encouraged to explore the Mad Marlin ‚Äúpop-up‚ÄĚ gallery, which features the work of world-renowned Katrina tree sculptor Marlin Miller.¬† This temporary exhibit is open daily through the end of the year.

The Biloxi Visitors Center, located at 1050 Beach Blvd., is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lighthouse tours offered at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. For more information call 228-374-3105 or email


News and notes

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council, in its meeting this afternoon at City Hall, will consider approving another short-term rental in downtown Biloxi and allow a crematorium to operate in a long-vacant strip mall at Veterans Avenue and Irish Hill Drive. Also, Mayor A.J. Holloway will present a proclamation honoring former Mayor Danny Guice, whose 90th birthday is approaching.  To see the complete agenda, click here.

Balmoral meeting: Residents of the Balmoral and Edgewater Drive area in west Biloxi will be able to attend a meeting this evening at 6 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center to learn about a major infrastructure coming to their neighborhood. To read more, click here.