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Annual Dizzy Dean World Series brings millions of dollars into Southaven’s economy

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The annual Dizzy Dean World Series is in full swing.

And it is expected to be an economic Home Run for the city of Southaven.

More than one hundred softball and baseball teams are in town competing.

FOX13′s Tom Dees found out the event is pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

If you do the math, the Dizzy Dean World Series is a hit for Southaven.

There are about fifty players and family members traveling with each team.

”It’s not cheap, but it has been a good time, and we have enjoyed the places we have gone,” said Pamela Rivers.

Rivers traveled from Chattanooga to Southaven to watch her seven-year-old son play ball with the Signal Mountain All-Stars.

City leaders said the players and their families will spend an estimated two million dollars in Southaven, which will have an almost five million dollar impact on the local economy.

”We ordered barbecue for the whole team the other night, and we took them out for dinner, and we are staying at a hotel for a few nights,” Rivers said.

Dudley Stone runs the Strike Zone Bowling Alley just down the road from where the Dizzy Dean tournament is taking place. He says the tournament has been a home run for business.

”Dizzy Dean has treated us well this past weekend. We have had several teams come in, and one team came in and spent over a thousand dollars,” Stone said.

Hotels around the county said they are booked up. One pizza place whose owner didn’t want to go on camera said they have stayed busy with players.

Kimberly Mauldin made the drive to see her seven-year-old grandson play ball for the Atlanta East Side Thunder.

”We rented an RV space at Jellystone and I believe that was seven hundred and something for the week and meals out and admission to the park, but you know it’s priceless when you are watching your grandson play,” Mauldin said.

Doug Morgan runs the Athletic House Sporting Goods shop in Southaven. He’s been selling many bats, balls, and gloves, and that’s not all.

”Socks and belts, because undoubtedly they are going to forget their socks and their belts and that is good for me,” Morgan said.

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