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Charles Andrew Armstrong
Hometown: Bogalousa, LA
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“Pee Wee” Armstrong was a professional baseball player who served as athletic director at Belzoni High and was a longtime football and basketball official in the SEC and Mississippi JUCOs. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, Charles was raised in Jackson and lettered in football, baseball, and basketball at Central High. He was a star athlete at Mississippi State and earned 9 letters in football, baseball, and basketball from 1934 to 1937. Armstrong was All-SEC in football in 1935 and was named Best Athlete in 1937. He played professional baseball with the Jackson Senators from 1937 to 1938 where he was the catcher for Dave “Boo” Ferriss, Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox pitcher and longtime championship Delta State coach. Armstrong was an assistant football coach for Mississippi State in 1938 before accepting a position as athletic director and head coach at Belzoni High where he worked from 1939 to 1940. After leaving the coaching profession, he became a football and basketball official in the SEC and the JUCO ranks in the 1950s and 1960s from his longtime residence in Meridian. “Pee Wee” is best known for throwing a winning 65-yard touchdown pass to Fred Walters when Mississippi State upset undefeated national powerhouse Army at West Point 13 to 7 in 1935. Coach Armstrong was inducted into the Mississippi State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. “Pee Wee” passed away on January 27, 1990.