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Lee Smith’s Hall Omission Hard to Figure by thad mumau

The all-time major league saves leader is not in the Hall of Fame. That is only because his mandatory five-year waiting period since retirement is not complete. But you can be sure Mariano Rivera’s plaque is in the back room at Cooperstown.

The greatest reliever ever will be eligible next year, and his 2019 induction is about as certain as tomorrow’s daybreak. The New York Yankees’ closer will lead the voting for the new class. Heck, he might even be a unanimous selection.

Trevor Hoffman, No. 2 in career saves, is already in the Hall, having joined Chipper Jones and four others in the large group of inductees this past summer.

Rivera finished with 652 saves, Hoffman with 601.

There probably aren’t many folks, other than hard-core followers of baseball, who can name the No. 3 saves guy. (without Google, I mean.) He’s Lee Smith, who amassed 478 saves over an 18-year career that saw him pitch for eight teams.


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sunnyBeasley  Media Group’s Fayetteville, NC stations Sunny 94.3 FM and 1490-AM  are the new home of Mid-South Sports Friday Night High School Football Game of the Week, as well as the home for Methodist University Monarch Football.

Listen Friday nights at 7:00 for the Pre-game Show, followed at 7:30 by the Valley Auto World Game of the Week.  And on Saturdays tune in at 12:30 pm for Methodist University Football as the Monarchs work toward the championship in the USA South Conference. It’s all in one place – Sunny 94.3.  Radio for Fayetteville!

The Game of the Week

It’s the 82nd annual Shrine Bowl game featuring the best high school seniors in North and South Carolina.  Coming to you live from Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, December 15.  Airtime is 12:00 noon, and kickoff is 1:00 pm, all on Sunny 94.3!  

Methodist University Football

The 2018 season for Methodist University ended with a loss to Averett University.  The Monarchs ended with a 2-8 record, and go into the off season with high hopes for their 2019 season because of the number of returning starters.  Stay tuned to this spot for the 2019 season announcements.  


Mid-South  Sports, Inc. is proud to help sponsor pro golfer, Daniel Claytor.  Daniel is from Rocky Mount, NC and was a three-time All American at Barton College where he won 6 NCAA tournaments.  In 2017, Daniel was the points leader on the Swing Thought Tour Q School Sponsorship Race, 3rd in Player of the Year points, and  2nd in money earned in... READ MORE »

Lloyd Foster Extra Effort Award

Once again, each Friday night of the 2018 High School football season, Mid-South Sports will be naming a recipient for the Lloyd Foster Extra Effort Award.  Not always the game’s Most Valuable Player – this award goes to someone who has contributed the most EFFORT whether their team wins or loses.  The award itself – a nice engraved... READ MORE »


The  Major Sponsor of the Mid-South Sports High School Football Game of the Week for 2017 is VALLEY AUTO WORLD.  Located at 3822 Sycamore Dairy Road in Fayetteville, NC, Valley Auto World is the region’s leading BMW and Volkswagen dealership. Hurry in to Valley Auto World and accept the BMW Mission to Drive.  BMW – the ultimate... READ MORE »