Get to Know Craig
I grew up at the ballpark. If I wasn’t playing, I was watching my older brother. Actually, I didn’t exactly watch him– I ran around chasing foul balls, which could be returned for free snow cones to the concession stand. In the Mississippi summer heat, nothing beats crushed ice with sugary juice, the kind that makes your whole mouth turn blue or purple or red. We also played cupball, a game like baseball having a ball made from wax paper Coca-Cola cups. A Coke was fifty cents, so our cups came from the trash. It would take several to make a ball, and sometimes we put gravel inside for more weight. The balls fell apart regularly, but we just smashed the cups back together and kept playing. There is typically no bat in cupball, just the palm of the batter’s hand. The bases were anything at the park in the shape of a diamond—like the corner of the aluminum bleachers for first, a steal drum garbage can for second, a bare spot on the ground for third, and a glove for home. The rules are for the most part like regular baseball, but you can also make an out by hitting your opponent with the ball. We called this “pegging.” If you didn’t have enough players, which was almost always, a team could shift the runners from base to base and leave ghost runners in their place, bringing in a base runner to be the next batter. We would play until it was time to go. I usually fell asleep in my dad’s truck on the way home.
My dad coached my baseball team for several years. He was a lefty. I was the youngest of six kids– Mom and Dad each had two from a previous marriage before getting together and having my older brother and me. By the time I was seriously playing ball, Dad was well into his 50’s. We spent lots of time in the front yard playing catch, but he would get tired after a while. His biggest demand was always for hustle. If I was playing outfield, he wanted me to be the first to my position and the first to return to the dugout after the third out. Robertsons hustle. That’s just how it is.
M. Craig Robertson
The following are reported opinions in which Craig served as lead counsel: Crew v. Tillotson, NO. 2017-CA-01011-COA Decided: August 20, 2019, Jackson v. Jackson, NO. 2017-CA-01077-COA Decided: March 19, 2019, Ferrara v. Ferrara, NO. 2014-CA-01043-COA Decided: April 12, 2016; Korelitz v. Korelitz, NO. 2015-CA-01758-COA Decided: May 09, 2017; Seale v. Seale, 150 So. 3d 987 (Miss. App 2014); Collins v. Collins, 98 So. 3d 506 (Miss. App. 2012); Carter v. Carter, 98 So. 3d 1109 (Miss. App. 2012); McDonald v. McDonald, 39 So. 3d 868 (Miss. 2010); G.B.W. v. E.R.W., 9 So. 3d 1200 (Miss. App. 2009); Morris v. Morris, 5 So. 3d 476 (Miss. App. 2008); Daniels v. Bains, 967 So. 2d 77 (Miss. App. 2007); Thoms v. Thoms, 928 So. 2d 852 (Miss. 2006); and Staggs v. Staggs, 919 So. 2d 112 (Miss. App. 2005).