Hall of Fame

George W. “Billy” Hood, Class of 1957

Induction Class of 2002
Football, Baseball, & Track

During his years at SJC, Hood played center for the Trojans football team; and, in 1956, he helped anchor the line for the team that went 8-1 in regular season play and finished as runners-up in the State Championship. That team was invited to play in the first-ever Hospitality Bowl on the Gulf Coast against San Angelo TX, Rams. Hood was a pitcher for the Trojans baseball team and a member of the SJC track team, helping win the mile relay one season.

Billy continued his education at Delta State on a football scholarship where he was a running back and baseball player for the Statesmen.

Following graduation, Hood taught and coached for two years at Moorhead then went to work at Modern Line Products in Indianola for several years. He then formed his own business, New Dixie Fasteners in Greenville, which he operated for a number of years.

Hood was a pitcher for the Greenville Pilots of the Rebel League in the late 1950’s. Then in the late sixties, seventies, and early eighties, he coached the Greenville Regional Tournament to the Port City in 1975 and the American Legion World Series in 1979. He was instrumental in forming the Connie Mack League in Mississippi and was General Manager of the Greenville Optimist Phillies. He served as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles and was the recipient of the Fred Waters Baseball Award for Dedication to Youth and Baseball in America. Hood was the PA announcer for the Trojans football team for many years.

George Hood passed away in 1993.

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