Prominent Saints alumni enjoy annual Saints Hall of Fame events in Biloxi
The fifth annual Saints Hall of Fame weekend in Biloxi concluded Friday night with the Biloxi Shuckers baseball games against the Montgomery Biscuits at MGM Park.
Saints alumni were introduced on the field and graciously signed autographs and took pictures with patrons throughout the evening on a beautiful, breezy night.
Biloxi Shuckers general manager Hunter Reed welcome all who enjoyed the festivities, though the Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, swept both games, winning the completion of a suspended game from Thursday night 12-1 before taking the Saints Hall of Fame game 3-2.
The Shuckers are the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Our fans always turn out for and always look forward to and enjoy Saints Hall of Fame Night,” Reed said. “We have a tremendous Saints fan base on the Gulf Coast and it is great that fans can actually meet some of the greats in Saints history here.”
Alumni weekend pregame introductions at MGM Park:
Alumni Players at Shuckers game
Posted by Saints Hall of Fame on Friday, June 25, 2021
The first event was the fourth annual Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction at IP Casino Resort in Biloxi on Thursday evening.
Nearly 400 patrons enjoyed outstanding food and beverages from IP restaurants, took pictures with the Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLIV and bid on excellent auction items from the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, along with sports memorabilia from Southern Fundraising.
Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming Vincent Schwartz, along with marketing director Kim Goetz, player development director Caroline Fountain and Nicole Martz, special events and promotions director of IP were superb in handling logistics, including housing all Saints celebrities.
On Friday, the Saints Hall of Fame Golf Scramble took place at The Oaks in Pass Christian.
Put on by Main Street Biloxi and the Saints Hall of Fame, 90 golfers enjoyed a fine course on a fine weather day, having a chance to play with Saints alumni.
Teams led by Saints alumni Emanuel Zanders and Brett Maxie emerged victorious in the event.
Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich and Kay Miller of Main Street Biloxi, the golf tournament and events were a huge success with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Saints Hall of Fame Museum.
“These are a couple of days we really look forward to every year,” Gilich said. “Our relationship with Ken and with Mickey Loomis and the Saints organization is greatly valued. This is a boost to our economy annually and more importantly, it gives our Biloxi and Gulf Coast residents and visitors a chance to meet some of their Saints heroes through the years.”
Saints participating over the three events included Loomis, Saints Executive Director of Football Communications Doug Miller and a host of Saints alumni, including Saints Hall of Fame inductees Jim Dombrowski, Bobby Hebert, Dalton Hilliard, Joel Hilgenberg, Tyrone Hughes, Rickey Jackson, Joe Johnson, Michael Lewis and Archie Manning.
Super Bowl XLIV champions Garrett Hartley and Courtney Roby participated in all events and each threw out a first pitch at the Shuckers game.
Other Saints alumni on hand included Garland Jean-Batiste, Brad Edelman, John Fourcade, Larry Hardy, Jack Holmes, Steve Korte, Tyrone Legette, Maxie, Vernon Perry, Maurice Spencer, Mike Strachan, Daryl Terrell, Willie Whitehead and Zanders.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…