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Mr. Tom Bickham




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Submitted by Edward P. Mouton on March 28, 2007 and posted on May 22.

Three generations of athletes at SLI, USL and UL

Just in case you thought Ross Mouton, UL basketball player 2003-07, fell off the turnip cart, read on…

His grandfather (Beth Bickham Mouton’s father), Tom Bickham played on the 1930 Louisiana State football championship team from Homer High School in Homer, LA. He was picked on the All State team that year. Bickham and several of his team mates followed their high school coach T.L. Wilbanks, who became SLI head football coach in 1930. Bickham was voted most valuable player at Homer High for two years and along with his brother T.E. Bickham was picked on Homers All Decade team. Tom Bickham was also an outstanding track athlete at SLI and was a consistent winner in the shot putt, discus and javelin events. He set a record in the discus in the early l930’s (the LIC Conference) that was not broken for 10 years. Bickham also was voted Most Valuable Player on the SLI football team.

His great uncle T.E. Bickham played tackle on the Homer High School team that won the state championship in 1937. He was picked opn the All State team and attended SLI on an athletic schlorship. At SLI Bickham lettered in football and track, was inducted into the SLI Athletic Hall of Fame, and was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. Bickham joined the US Air Force on Pearl Harbor day and was a B-24 bomber pilot in the European Theater during WWII flying 26 combat missions over Germany.

His father, Eddie Mouton played basketball and baseball at USL in the early l960’s. He was an All State 5 sport letterman at Cathedral High School and received an athletic schlorship to USL in 1960. He was a first team All Gulf States Conference selection in 1962 and 1963 as an outfielder and utility player under Coaches Pete Wilson and Sonny Roy. Mouton signed to play professional baseball for the American League Washington Senators and reached the Triple A level before having his career cut short by military service. His three other sons Brooks, Alex and Britt were All District basketball players at St. Thomas More and Lafayette High Schools. All are UL graduates.

I would have to say that Ross comes by his athletic ability honestly.