Meridian Star

Local News

September 2, 2007

Accidental time capsule uncovered

With high school football in full swing the Wildcats’ first string quarterback twisted his knee during practice and had to be replaced on the eve of Meridian’s game against Jackson.

That was one of the top sports stories in The Meridian Star 56 years ago.

The article, published Oct. 11, 1951, detailed how the Wildcats were plagued with injuries leading up to the Jackson game.

The quarterback who was hurt was Tony Sansone, who’d thrown two touchdown passes the Friday before against Greenwood. Sansone was replaced by David Rosenbaum as quarterback.

The newspaper this information came from was one of several recovered by Ralph Ross who works for Bailey Lumber & Supply Co.

He was pulling up tile flooring last week in a rental house that was about to be carpeted, when he discovered the old newspapers.

All of the newspapers were dated 1951, but covered different months — February, March, April, July, September and October.

Another sports item in The Meridian Star from the issue the day before Tony Sansone’s knee went out on him was how the New York Yankees won the World Series in game six against the New York Giants.

Then, some of those Yankees, like Hank Bauer and Mickey Mantle showed up later in the paper in cigarette ads smoking under the big words: “World Champions Pick Camels for Mildness, for Flavor.”


The Sept. 30, 1951 issue was particularly interesting in that there was a full page ad that promoted The Big Mississippi Fair and Dairy Show that would open the next day, Oct. 1. There was even a photograph of a woman dancing with a black bear on the ad.

In that same issue, however, another full page advertisement urgently announced Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait! across the top of the page in red letters.

It was an ad for The New Meridian Fair and Cattle Show that would be starting on Oct. 15. It encouraged people to come to the new fair, not the old one.

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