MSU Archives loaning memorabilia for upcoming Cristil exhibit

Contact: Carl Smith

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A new museum exhibit chronicling the career of Jack Cristil, the longtime voice of the Bulldogs, and featuring several artifacts on loan from the Mississippi State University Archives and Special Collections opens Sept. 1 in Tupelo.

Jack Cristil
Mississippi State athletics broadcaster Jack Cristil speaks during a ceremony dedicating a portion of U.S. Highway 82 after the legendary voice of the Bulldogs in 2011. An exhibit featuring numerous pieces of memorabilia and collectables from Cristil’s storied career will be on display Sept. 1-29 at the Oren Dunn City Museum in Tupelo. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

The Oren Dunn City Museum will host Jack Cristil: Wrapped in Maroon and White through Sept. 29. A special reception and program are scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and will feature members of his family and university representatives.

Among the featured keepsakes and memorabilia are a program from the Bulldogs’ 1980 football upset of the University of Alabama—the 6-3 victory that snapped the defending national champions’ 28-game winning streak—and a black briefcase Cristil adorned with important quotations.

Cristil, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, served as an MSU sports broadcaster from 1953 to 2011 and called more than 1,500 collegiate athletic events before his retirement. He earned a record 21 honors as Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year and was named Southeastern Conference Broadcaster of the Year in 1988.

The Oren Dunn City Museum, located at 689 Rutherford Road in Tupelo, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Leesha Faulkner, the Oren Dunn City Museum curator, at

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