Jim Ellis, the voice of Mississippi State University sports (right), is one of the true celebrities to come out of West Point High School.
Not only is he talented, but he is humble.
His voice rolls off the microphone like silk and he knows what he’s talking about. I’ve known Jimmy since the first grade at East Side Elementary in West Point. I knew he was brilliant on the first day of school when Mrs. McFadden asked if anyone in the class could go up to the blackboard and draw a figure eight. The rest of us didn’t have a clue, but Jim waltzed up and drew two big ole goose eggs, one of the top of the other. I knew at that moment he was destined for greatness.
He is pictured with his wife Jamie and Monroe Mitchell (left) of Monroe, La.
“Mitch” comes from a long line of MSU sports greats. His grandfather played on the first MSU football team in 1895 and his father and two uncles were baseball legends. Mitch was pitcher for the State baseball team from 1954 until 1957 and was one of those great team members who took Mississippi State baseball to the next level.