Video: A Visit with MSU Hero Burke Masters

OMAHA, Neb. | One of the greatest moments in MSU baseball history – and in play-by-play man Jim Ellis‘ radio career – occurred during the 1990 Starkville Regional. Back then, there were eight six-team regionals, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

In MSU’s third game that week, against Florida State, Burke Masters – hardly a big home run threat – launched a grand slam homer in the top of the ninth to lift MSU past FSU, 11-8. The Bulldogs went on to beat the Seminoles again to advance to the CWS, and Masters’ moment has been canonized into MSU baseball lore.

To hear Jim’s call, click here.

That 1990 squad was one of the best to ever play at Dudy Noble Field. This year’s edition is awfully good, too, and is within one win of reaching the CWS championship series. The Bulldogs play Oregon State on Friday at 2 p.m. and will have two chances to advance. Masters, a Catholic priest who lives in Illinois, just so happens to be in town this week, guest teaching at Creighton University. He spoke with the players the other day, and he spoke with the media this morning at MSU’s practice.

I’ll have a partial Q&A in tomorrow’s Journal, and right here I have video of some of that conversation we had with Masters. Enjoy.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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  • Ellen

    Fr. Burke Masters is an amazing priest! Such an inspiration to my boys. What a great role model and down to earth guy.

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