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Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes: Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Hall of Fame
Charlie Ward Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Hall of Fame

Charlie Ward, of Pelahatchie, was a star at both Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and at Millsaps College in the pre- World War II era. “Chunkin’ Charlie,” as he was called, played for Co-Lin in 1937-38 and for Millsaps in 1938-41. At Co-Lin he was captain and all-state quarterback for the state championship team in 1938. He played three sports – football, basketball and baseball. He was an all-state basketball guard in 1938. At Millsaps, Ward was a pitcher on the baseball team from 1938-41.

He was a quarterback, passer, and punter in 1939 and 1940. In basketball he was second- team All-Dixie in 1939, and was All-Dixie guard in 1940-41. He was a part of the Dixie Conference championship team in 1940. During World War II, Ward was a member from 1942-45 of the Norfolk Naval Air Station basketball team that in 1945 was named by the Dunkle Rating System as the No. 1 team in the U.S. Ward was honored many times for his athletic accomplishments. He was named to the Crossroads Diamond Club Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009, was a charter member of the Copiah-Lincoln Hall of Fame in 1968, and was a charter member of the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame.

Back in his youth, Ward was a pitcher on the Jackson Henry H. Graves American Legion baseball team that won the state championship in 1935. Ward died in 2007 at the age of 89.

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Courtesy of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum director Rick Cleveland, author of Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes. Cleveland can be reached at rcleveland@msfame.com.

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