Sports Hall of Fame to add seven members

A native son who has five World Series rings, a former New Orleans Saints center, and the father of two previous inductees top the list of seven new members who will be added to the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame August 25th at the annual banquet.

This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, the 25th at the Biloxi Civic Center.

Peter Roy “Lee” Elder, who has won five World Championship rings as a scout for the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, heads the 2013 class. He and former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints center Wimpy Winther were the top vote-getters in this year’s balloting among 20 nominees. The remainder of the Class of 2013 includes Kenneth Lyons Sr., Henry “Spud” Wieniewitz, Doug Barber, Howard Battle and Dr. Dennis Malpass.

The other nominees were Marvin “Bubba” Dickey, Andy Welter, John “Red” Wetzel, Tommy Williams, Rene’ Joseph Trochesset Sr, Brian Kozlowski, Joe Gill Sr., Joe Allen, Ronald Bond, Edgar Byrd, and brothers Rusty, Ricky and Rodney Derouen.

“We had an outstanding group of nominees this year,” noted Sherry Bell, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Biloxi, and coordinator of the annual Hall of Fame celebration. “The seven who were selected have indelibly stamped their signatures on Biloxi sports for decades. This year’s class reflects superior performance in athletics, coaching and community support.”

With the newest members, the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame now numbers 140.

“Biloxi has always prided itself on its athletics,” noted Mayor A.J. Holloway, a Hall of Fame member. “The quality of athletes and the dedication of those who support city athletics have always been strong. This year’s Class represents the best of the best.”