Hall of Fame
|Issac “Ike” Overton Pearson, Class of 1937
Induction Class of 2006
Pearson pitched two perfect seasons for the Trojans going 12-0 and lead Sunflower Junior College to back-to back State and Mississippi Valley Conference Championships. Pearson pitched a shut out against Delta State. He also batted .400 both years at SJC.
Ike went on to play two successful seasons for the University of Mississippi and went 12-3 (5-0) his senior year. He also batted over .300 in both seasons while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in European History.
After college Ike Pearson turned down offers from Cincinnati and Cardinal. He ultimately chose to go to the Philadelphia Phillies. Pearson stayed with the Phillies from 1939-1942 but became one of the first volunteers to serve in WWII after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ike eventually rose to the rank of Captain.
After WWII Ike returned to the majors and played the 1946 season with the Phillies. He moved to the Pacific Coast League and played a year with the Seattle Rainiers. Pearson played the next season with Chicago and another for the Columbus Red Birds before joining the Minneapolis Millers where he helped win the pennant in 1950.
Pearson returned to Memphis and turned his attention towards sales. He started in the automobile industry and then was a consistent award winner and final settled with Grolier Education Products.