2006 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Jackson (15th), Burton, Butler, Carmichael, Gordon, Jackson (11th), Jackson (32nd), Little, Posey, Thomas, Walls, Jordan
A RESOLUTION COMMENDING AND CONGRATULATING ROY OSWALT ON BEING NAMED THE 2005 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.
WHEREAS, Roy Edward Oswalt was named the 2005 Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series for pitching the Houston Astros into the World Series for the first time in the team's 44-year history; and
WHEREAS, a native of Kosciusko and resident of Weir, Mississippi, Mr. Oswalt, who is in his fourth year in the majors, became the only pitcher in the majors with back-to-back 20-win seasons; and
WHEREAS, Roy completed the 2005 season with a 2.94 earned run average, a 20-12 won/lost record and 184 strikeouts; and
WHEREAS, after graduating from Weir High School, Mr. Oswalt attended Holmes Community College in 1995 where he went on to lead the nation's junior colleges in strikeouts and earned run averages in 1997; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Oswalt was heavily recruited by the Houston Astros after his spectacular first year at Holmes Community College; however, he decided to remain in school and signed with Mississippi State University in the Fall of 1996; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Oswalt, who is a right-handed pitcher, made his debut with the Houston Astros on May 6, 2001, where he continues to pitch and make record-breaking contributions for his team; and
WHEREAS, an individual who gives tirelessly to his community, Mr. Oswalt, also works with Holmes Community College pitchers during the off-season and also calls recruits for the school; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Oswalt gives much of his credit for his pinpoint accuracy and overall success in baseball to his father, Billy Joe Oswalt, who threw the baseball to Mr. Oswalt when he was a child almost every day of the year; and
WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize this great achievement in athletic excellence by a Mississippi citizen, who is a mentor and role model for millions of young athletes, and has brought honor to his community, his college and the State of Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Mr. Roy Edward Oswalt on his being selected the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 National League Championship Series, and we wish him continued success both on and off the baseball field.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Mr. Roy Oswalt and be made available to members of the Capitol Press Corps.