December 6, 2010
Forrest City (St. Francis County) native Don Kessinger played major league baseball for sixteen years in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly for the Chicago Cubs. After graduating as a star four-sport high school athlete, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi in 1960. In 1964, he was signed by the Chicago Cubs organization and, the following year, became a regular on the team. After his playing days, he managed the Chicago White Sox for half a season in 1979, becoming the only Arkansan to have both played and managed in the major leagues.