Former MLB catcher Barry Lyons will speak at Ohr O'Keefe Museum Friday

Barry Lyons
Barry Lyons

Former Major League catcher Barry Lyons is looking forward to speaking at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum on Friday.

The Biloxi resident will be the featured speaker for the latest "Our Love Affair with Baseball" series luncheon. The luncheon is $10 includes free admission to the multimedia exhibit.

Lyons, 56, played for the New York Mets (1986-90), Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-91), California Angels (1991) and Chicago White Sox (1995) during a 14-year pro baseball career. He was also a member of the 1986 World Series champion Mets.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to share memories of my career," Lyons said. "It's a chance to relive memories of playing baseball from my childhood, the highs and lows and my love for baseball."

The former Delta State All-American was also instrumental in bringing speakers for the weekly series that began May 13 and concludes Aug. 26. Outfielder Darryl Strawberry, who speaks June 24, was Lyons' teammate in New York until 1990. Pitcher Doug Thompson, who played at Biloxi High and LSU, speaks on July 8.

"A lot of the speakers either have ties to the Coast or the state," Lyons said. "Darryl played for the Jackson Mets. Rick Cleveland wrote a book about Boo Ferriss. Steve Smith played at Gulfport, Mississippi College and coached at Baylor. I know Dale Murphy and Ron Swoboda personally."

Lyons, who helped bring Minor League Baseball to Biloxi, praised the Ohr'O'Keefe Museum for help recognize baseball.

"It's all about the celebration of baseball," said Lyons, who starred at Biloxi High. "We let each speaker describe their love for the game."

Once his playing days ended, Lyons served briefly as manager of the Charleston Alley Cats, the Cincinnati Reds' A-level team and broadcaster with the Nashville Sounds.