Richwood coaching icon was a Grambling Legend first

Mackie Freeze, known today as a sideline icon at Richwood, had already established his credentials during a memorable stint as a student athlete at Grambling.

Freeze was a standout pitcher, helping the Tigers win 120 of 137 baseball games over his final three college seasons. That included Grambling’s first-ever national NAIA championship under the late coach R.W.E. “Prez” Jones, who was also the school’s second president.

Jones had first spotted Freeze trying out a curve ball in the yard.

“Boy, you’re a pitcher,” Freeze remembers “Prez” saying.

Was he ever.

Freeze never lost a game on the mound at Grambling, and even subbed — though, at Jones’ direction, quite sparingly — as a guard on the football team under Eddie Robinson.

That two-sport effort has helped earn Freeze induction into the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame, in ceremonies to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe. Admission is $60 per person, and $500 for a table of eight, with all proceeds going to the non-profit Legends group for distribution in support athletics at Grambling.

Tickets can be purchased at the Monroe Civic Center box office. Call 329-2837.

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