Hubert Mizell was born on May 5, 1939 in Dublin, Ga. Mizell’s father made his living as a truck driver, which included driving a fuel truck during World War II. Prior to starting school, Mizell lived in a dozen towns before arriving to Jacksonville, Fla, which is where he would reside from age 7 to 29.
When Mizell was 29 years old, he moved to Miami with his wife of 50 years, Marcy, to work for the Associated Press. After a few years of covering Miami sports, including Don Shula’s Dolphins, Mizell moved to Norwalk, Conn., to work for the Associated Press in New York.
However, Mizell’s most significant time as a sportswriter was spent as the lead sports columnist for the St. Petersburg Times. During his 27 years at the Times, Mizell covered 10 Olympics, 32-straight Super Bowls, 25 baseball World Series, 30 NCAA basketball Final Fours, nine Wimbledon tennis championships, 22 Kentucky Derbies, 23 Daytona 500s, 25 different college football bowls and 40 Masters golf tournaments.
In 1982, Mizell was named national sports columnist of the year. He was voted Florida Sports Writer of the Year eight times. In addition, Mizell iwas an inductee of the College Basketball Writers Hall of Fame.
In retirement, he and his wife, Marcy, resided in Gainesville, which is the home to Mizell’s alma mater, the University of Florida. The couple, who lived in Gainesville for the past 11 years, had one son, Kevin. In February, Hubert and Marcy celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. Mizell still contributed to the world of sports journalism untied he died, providing two sports commentaries a week, known as the “Mizell Minute,” on ABC television affiliate WCJB-TV in Gainesville.
Mizell died on March 3, 2016 from heart and kidney problems.