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Biography of Delta State’s beloved Coach ‘Boo’ Ferriss scheduled for release in November

By November 17, 2008General


“Boo: A Life in Baseball, Well Lived,”a biography written by Rick Cleveland, is set for release on Friday, November 28. Best-selling author John Grisham provides the foreword.

Coach “Boo” Ferriss and Rick Cleveland will host a book signing on Thursday, Dec. 4,from 47 p.m. at the Delta State University Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House. He will also host book signings at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 47 p.m.  and at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Pete Taylor Park press box on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 47 p.m. To purchase the book online go to 

Dave “Boo” Ferriss, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and legendary coach of the Delta State University Statesmen, retired following the completion of the 1988 season, but he continues to be a tireless supporter at all levels of baseball throughout the state and especially his beloved Statesmen. 

The Shaw, native spent 46 years in baseball on the collegiate and professional levels, including 26 seasons at Delta State. A legend in national collegiate baseball coaching circles, Ferriss was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988.

Ferriss took over the Delta State baseball program in 1960. He directed DSU teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in eight of his last 12 years, including three trips to the NCAA Division II championships

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Ferriss was signed by the Boston Red Sox after his junior year of college. He spent 10 years with the Red Sox, five years as a pitcher and five years as the pitching coach. 

He is a member of the Delta State University Sports Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

Since 2004, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame has awarded “The Ferriss Trophy” to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi.