EMCC remembers Clyde 'Baby Doll’ Pierce

The Lions will be wearing Pierce's number 31 on their helmets for the remainder of the 2017 season (submitted)

In a special ceremony at halftime of homecoming last Saturday, East Mississippi Community College remembered Mississippi Junior College Hall-of-Famer Clyde “Baby Doll" Pierce.

Pierce - who passed away earlier this month at the age of 77 - was the only player to ever have his jersey retired at EMCC by legendary coach Bob “Bull” Sullivan.

Pierce played for EMCC from 1959-60 and was selected to play in the East-West Shriner Game in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1960.

“Baby Doll” Pierce was the smallest player to ever be selected as an All-American, weighing in at 124 pounds. He also lettered in baseball and track during his time at EMCC and served as a member of the student council.

Pierce was inducted into the inaugural EMCC Hall-of-Fame class in 2002. He was also inducted into the MCJC Hall-of-Fame’s inaugural class in 2007.

The Lions will be wearing Pierce’s number 31 on their helmets throughout the remainder of the 2017 season.