Everyone loves a good comeback story and the 2022 Ole Miss Rebel baseball team has a doozy.
Hear it this Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm at the The Powerhouse Community Arts Center as The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes author, Chase Parham.
Admission is free. The Powerhouse is located at 413 S. 14th St., in Oxford, (next door to Newks).
Parham has covered Rebel baseball since 2006 and delivers a you-are-there chronicle in his book, Resilient Rebels: Ole Miss Baseball’s Remarkable Path to a National Title. Copies will be available for sale and signing.
Thursday’s show will also feature Memphis jazz maven Candace Mache and the Swinging Machetes and indie rock band, The Fa La La.
The show is hosted by Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
Audio stream: WUMS 92.1 FM Listen Live
From essentially plunging to 65th place (after being No. 1 earlier in the season), the 2022 Rebels put together a mythlogical comeback. The team was in freefall in early May. With true grit (to use a phrase) and total committment, the team willed and worked themselves to dog-piling and hoisting the National Championship trophy in Omaha by mid-June.
Weeks later they paraded their improbable trophy around a delirious square in Oxford.
The team lost 18 out of 29 games in March and April and as of early May were 7-14 in SEC play (1-8 in SEC home games).
Then, the-seeming knock-out punch. The team lost in the opening round of the SEC Tournament and were sent home to sit on their hands and hope the NCAA Selection Committee might somehow extend their season.
By a whisker, the committee did just that.
The Rebels were picked for the Coral Gables Regional (the last of the field of 64).
One of the most improbable stories in the modern sports era was about to begin…
Parham tells this dramatic tale with an under-stated style that only adds to the tension.
“The Rebels’ run to Omaha was already one of the great stories of college baseball’s modern era. But after learning some of the things going on behind the scenes… I’m blown away.”– Mike Rooney, ESPN
Swinging machetes, indie-rock and mythic baseball: See yall at the Powerhouse!