Slocum Enters Hall of Fame
After the COVID-19 pandemic prevented their induction ceremony last year, the Macon Sports Hall of Fame held their annual event on May 4, honoring what would have been the class of 2020.
Among the eight individuals honored was Savannah State graduate Robert Slocum who was inducted for football and coaching in front of family and fiends as well as his former college coach, Frank Ellis, Jr. at the event which was held at the Macon Centreplex.
Slocum has been a mainstay of athletics at Mount de Sales Academy, a private Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, for almost five decades. He was a standout athlete for the Cavaliers in the early 1970’s playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of three championship team including the 1973 undefeated squad when he led the Cavaliers in rushing with 1,236 yards. He was named the team’s best offensive player his senior season.
After his high school playing days, Slocum attended Savannah State on a football scholarship and was a three-year starter for the Tigers at running back. He was named All-SIAC his junior and senior seasons and was a team captain on the 1978 squad. He also served as the student body vice president.
After graduating from college, he returned to Mt. de Sales where he served on legendary Coach Mike Garvin’s staff. When Garvin retired in 1991, Slocum was named head football coach. His 1996 team won a GISA state title and his 1997 team finished as runner-up. He also served as the Cavaliers head basketball coach winning state championships in 1992 and 1993 in addition to two runner-up finishes.
Mt. de Sales built a new field-house in 2001 and named it the Robert Slocum Field-house in 2013. Slocum retired in 2018 but has the title of athletics director emeritus/director of special gifts.
Slocum joins his father, Robert Slocum, Sr. who was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Miller Laid To Rest
Former Savannah State dual sport athlete Albert Miller
was laid to rest on April 29 in his hometown of Newberry, South Carolina. He was 57
Miller, who played basketball and baseball at Savannah State in the mid- 1980s, died of an apparent heart attack on April 26.
During the 1984 baseball season, Miller pitched in seven games. He had a 1-3 record while striking out 11 batters in 26.2 innings of work. The 6-foot-1 Miller averaged 6.6 points and two rebounds per game during the 1984-85 basketball season for SSU while making 47 percent of his shots from the field.
Graveside services were held for Miller at Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Several former Savannah State teammates were in attendance, including former point guard Greg Hillman, who said that he and Miller became instant friends and remained that way after their playing days. “I met Albert in 1983. We took to each other right away.” Hillman described Miller as quiet and loyal. “He was one of the greatest guys you could ever meet.”
All Tournament Team
With the inaugural Black College World Series behind us, the all tournament team has been announced.
Bluefield State won the tournament title, but the team with the most All-Tournament players is Xavier who had eight players selected to the all tournament team. Bluefield State had seven players earning post tournament honors.
Florida Memorial had three players make the team while Savannah State had two and Rust and Edward Waters had one apiece.
Earning second team honors from SSU were catcher Turner Davis and outfielder DJ Franklin.
In three games, Davis hit .273 with a home run while driving in two runs and scoring twice. Franklin had a .500 batting average during the tournament, hit a double, stole a base, scored once and drove in two runs.
Davis Earns Football Honor
Shabari Davis was one of eight Southeast Missouri football players who were recently named to the 2020- 21 All-Ohio Valley Conference football team.
Davis, a punt returner, was named to the second team.
The Garden City, Georgia native returned 10 punts for 95 yards and gained 9.5 yards per return. He ranked third in the OVC in punt return average. Davis’ longest punt return was 22 yards against Murray State (Mar. 7). He also returned five kickoffs for 89 yards.
As a defensive back, the son of Shabari Davis and Zanzie Bowens Reid, finished the eightgame season with 23 tackles, four pass breakups, two interceptions and one tackle for loss.
Davis, who was a standout athlete at Groves High School, received his undergraduate degree from SEMO in December 2020 and is working on his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.