| Wins against Kentucky - 0 | Losses against Kentucky - 7 |
Alma Mater: Mississippi State  (*)
Date Born: June 9, 1908
Date Died: September 16, 1999
Overall Record: 58-100 [8 Seasons]
|2/7/1955||Kentucky at Mississippi State||W||61 - 56||-|
|2/15/1954||Mississippi State at Kentucky||W||81 - 49||-|
|2/11/1952||Mississippi State at Kentucky||W||110 - 66||-|
|3/1/1951||Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||W||92 - 70||SEC Tournament (at Louisville, KY)|
|2/2/1951||Kentucky at Mississippi State||W||80 - 60||-|
|3/3/1950||Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||W||56 - 46||SEC Tournament (at Louisville, KY)|
|1/4/1950||Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||W||87 - 55||(at Owensboro, KY)|
Obituary - Clarksdale (MS) Press Register (September 17, 1999)
No Nicer Guys than Paul Gregory
TUNICA (AP) - Former Mississippi State baseball and basketball coach Paul Gregory, who was the oldest living member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, has died.
Gregory died Thursday of heart failure. He was 91.
Beau Gregory said his father died at Baptist-Desoto Hospital in Southhaven, where he had been suffering a heart attack and stroke on Monday.
Graveside services were scheduled today at Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica.
"He was quite a fellow," Beau Gregory said. "We're not complaining about daddy, he had a full life."
In addition to his son, Paul Gregory is survived by his wife, Mary Louise, two daughters, nine grandchildren, including Bo and Mattson Flowers and six great-grandchildren.
Paul Gregory was born in Tomnolen, a small town in Choctaw County, but spent his high school days as a standout athlete at Leland High in the Delta.
After high school, Gregory was a three-sport letterman at Mississippi State, earning letters in football (1927), baseball (1928-30) and basketball (1930). He then played professional baseball, including a two-year stint with the Chicago White Sox.
While with the White Sox in 1932 and 1933, he was just 9-14 as a pitcher with a 4.72 earned run average. But he had several highlights, including a strikeout of Babe Ruth and getting one of baseball's all-time greats out five times in one game.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Gregory's coaching career began in 1947 when he was asked by his former MSU baseball coach Dudy Noble, also the school's athletic director, to coach the Bulldogs basketball team.
"Dudy Noble and daddy were great friends. After the war, he (Noble) wanted him to be the basketball coach," said Beau Gregory, who played baseball at Mississippi State under his father from 1965-67.
"He told Dudy he didn't know anything about basketball. Dudy told him, 'that's alright. When we want to win, we'll hire a real basketball coach.' Baseball, that was his forte."
Gregory was Mississippi State's basketball coach from 1948 to 1955, with a record of 58-100 and just two winning seasons. But Gregory led the Bulldogs baseball team to a 328-200-1 record and 15 winning seasons from 1957-74, including four Southeastern Conference titles and the 1971 College World Series.
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