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Published by Sartoris Literary Group, Mike Christensen’s book “Of Mudcat, Boo, The Rope and Oil Can” is now available for purchase in paperback at Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS, Book Mart in Starkville, MS, and Books-a-Million stores.   You can also buy a physical or digital copy online at Amazon, Books-a-Million, and Barnes & Noble.

An Informal History of Mississippians in Major League Baseball


Mississippi’s contributions to music are well known, whether the focus is on Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Bobbie Gentry or Jimmy Buffet, or on the creation of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Not so well known are the state’s contributions to Major League Baseball.

Drawing on more than a hundred sources, including personal interviews, this work chronicles the roles, large and small, played by Mississippians throughout five different eras of Major League Baseball.

It explores Mississippians’ connections to significant teams and events, such as the dismal Cleveland Spiders of 1899, Babe Ruth’s career, Jackie Robinson’s arrival, the 1946 World Series and the recent home run boom/steroid scandal.

Included are sidebars on such subjects as Red Barber (Hall of Fame broadcaster); pitching legend Dizzy Dean (an adopted Mississippian); Luke Easter (first black Mississippi native to play in the majors); the many colorful nicknames (Cool Papa, Mudcat, The Rope, Tin Man, Oil Can, etc.) bestowed on Mississippians; and an all-time dream team of Magnolia State products.


“From Sport McAllister to Billy Hamilton, this is the definitive book on Mississippians in the Major Leagues. I am really glad Mike Christensen, who knows the sport inside and out, wrote this splendid narrative.”

-Rick Cleveland, Executive Director, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

“This is a great and fun read. It gives good background info and stories. Christensen also adds fun stuff like how certain players got their nicknames (some really good anecdotes in this section). The book is not a Bill James tome and it doesn’t try to be that, but the book is true to its title. The book is a very good informal history. Yet, it is clear that Christensen has done his homework and I always appreciate a good story that true over a good story fabricated by an imaginative author. I read a ton of baseball books and this book is a keeper.”

-Charlie, Customer

“Good enough for a non-Mississippian to enjoy!”

-Robert Harwood, Customer