Jack Cristil (1925-2014) was a Southeastern Conference icon and the Voice of Bulldog athletics for more than five decades. In this biography, Cristil's remarkable life and career is shared with all Bulldog fans. Authored by Mississippi journalist Sid Salter with a foreword by distinguished Mississippi State University alum John Grisham, the book originally sold over 10,000 copies and raised over $170,000 for the Jacob S. "Jack" Cristil Scholarship in Journalism at MSU.
With a fifty-eight-year association with MSU, Cristil was the second-longest tenured college radio play-by-play announcer in the nation at the time of his 2011 retirement. During his legendary career as the Voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil called 636 football games since 1953. That's roughly 60 percent of all the football games played in school history. He was in his 54th season as the men's basketball play-by-play voice, having described the action of almost 55 percent of all the men's basketball games. In all, Cristil shared with Bulldog fans across the Magnolia State and around the world more than 1,500 collegiate contests. Central to Cristil's inspiring story was his upbringing in Memphis as the son of first-generation Russian-Jewish immigrants. This paperback edition is updated with new material covering Cristil's death and memorial service, with additional post-retirement and memorial photos.
|Publisher:||University Press of Mississippi|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Sid Salter, Starkville, Mississippi, is Chief Communications Officer at Mississippi State University. He has been a Mississippi syndicated political columnist for more than thirty years.
Table of Contents
Foreword John Grisham 5
Chapter 1 Last Call in Knoxville 17
Chapter 2 The Immigrants' Son 45
Chapter 3 "A Pretty Good Shoe Salesman" 59
Chapter 4 Finding His Voice 75
Chapter 5 "Cut Out The Bull!" 87
Chapter 6 A Lady Named Mavis 95
Chapter 7 Shalom, My Friend 143
Chapter 8 The Coaching Carousel 153
Chapter 9 The Final Season 191
Chapter 10 "Wrap This One in Maroon and White!" 209
Epilogue: Signing Off On His Own Terms 221