In Loving Memory

Victor Eugene Knight

October 18, 1959 - May 6, 2022

Tribute

Victor Eugene Knight, 62, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2022, after a hard-fought, five-year battle with tonsil cancer. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 18, 1959, to Jerry and Linda Knight. The family moved to Stoughton, Wisc., in 1971, where he lived an idyllic childhood, graduating from Stoughton High School in 1978.

He enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1982. Following graduation, Vic returned to Wisconsin where he was editor of Sports Collectors Digest for Krause Publications. In 1988, a fraternity brother enticed Vic back to the South where he accepted a job as media relations director for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, a position he held for 20 years. Following his time at the Senior Bowl, Vic served as general manager of Ladd-Peebles Stadium through the Mishkin Group, a post he held until his death.

In 1989, he had the great fortune to meet Katie Baughman and they were married in 1991 and recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. Vic and Katie welcomed three wonderful children — Ellie Knight (Mobile), Sam Knight (Mobile) and Jack Knight (Spanish Fort), each of whom he was extremely proud.

Vic leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Katie Knight, and their three children, Ellie, Sam and Jack; his parents, Jerry and Linda Knight of Stoughton, Wisc.; a brother, Joe Knight (Susan) of Spring Green, Wisc.; a sister Gwen Filer (Mark) and their two children, Calvin and Amelia, of Manitowoc, Wisc.; a sister, Gail Bailey (Larry), and their two children, Max and Molly, of Manitowoc, Wisc.; mother-in-law, Sandra Baughman (Fairhope, Ala); sister-in-law, Amy Baughman (Daphne, Ala); brothers-in-law, Joe Baughman (NC); Emmette Baughman (Stockton, Ala.) and Stephen Baughman (Daphne, Ala).

An avid fly fisherman, on any free weekend in the spring or fall Vic could be found on a trout stream in North Georgia or North Carolina. On a summer vacation week, he would be found on a favorite Wisconsin stream or a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the family built a log cabin. Many of his family vacations were spent there when he was growing up and that tradition continued with his own children.

Vic loved his sports teams — his beloved Ole Miss Rebels; the Green Bay Packers and the lovable Chicago Cubs. He never thought he would see the day the Cubs would actually win a World Series, but that indeed happened in 2016.

He coached spring and fall baseball in Cal Ripken and Dixie Youth Baseball leagues, coaching Sam and Jack until they reached high school, and he also coached countless other young men through the years.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in memory of Vic to one of the following charities or one of your choice — Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship, Make-A-Wish Foundation or a Trout Unlimited chapter of your choice.

Vic dearly loved his family and cherished spending time with them, whether on a trout stream, watching a football game or at the ballpark. He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father and brother-in-law. He had many friends with whom he loved talking sports. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Southern Cancer Center at Springhill Medical Center, Southern Cancer Center-Daphne and MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, for all of their commitment and dedication in caring for Vic. In addition, a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory for handling final arrangements in such a caring manner.

Please share your memories of Vic (aka “Chico”) on his Tribute wall at https://hughesfuneralhome.org/tributes/.

On Saturday, June 25, every Ole Miss fan should offer up a rousing “Hotty Toddy,” every fly fisherman should make a special cast, every Green Bay Packers fan should give a tip of their Cheesehead hat and every Cubs fan should proudly “Fly the W.” Do it all in celebration of the life of Vic Knight, who loved Ole Miss, fly fishing, the Packers and the Cubs.

All of Vic’s family — those he loved even more than fly fishing and the rest — invite his friends, co-workers and others to a Celebration of Life party (which is how he wanted it described and the atmosphere he requested at the service) June 25, from 5-8 p.m. at the USS Alabama Battleship pavilion. You are asked only to bring your best Vic stories and memories, of which there are many

To know more about the legacy and life of Victor Knight, you can read the articles below from al.com and Fox Ten News.
ASWA set to honor Mobile’s Vic Knight with prestigious Hall of Honor award
‘Everybody’s buddy:’ Mobile sports media fixture Vic Knight loses cancer battle
Longtime Mobile sports figure Vic Knight passes away

9 Comments

  1. Monica Gross

    Katie and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Vic. Sending you and your family hugs and love!!!

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  2. Dave "Hummer" McLeish

    Vic “Chico” Knight was an original Stoughton Viking. There is NO memory of High School that does not include Vic. What a great person and friend. His passion for all sports was his true legacy. I’ll see you in Heaven brother.

    To his family, may the Prince of Peace be with you.

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  3. Terry Edeker

    Vic was such an awesome guy. I enjoyed our friendship and the times we worked together at the Senior Bowl. He will be missed, indeed.

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  4. Lamonica Spivey

    Condolences to Katie and family. Keeping you all in prayer. I remember the great times we had when working at the Senior Bowl. Vic will be missed.

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  5. Wayne

    RIP Vic, We’ll see each again. To Katie, Ellie, Sam and Jack, carry on your dad’s vigor for a life well lived. May you find peace in those fond memories. Peace….

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  6. Andrea Eubanks

    We loved coach Vic. My son Had the privilege of being coached by him numerous years in baseball and learned a lot from Vic. It used to drive me crazy that he always wanted to play “Sweet Caroline” at the ballpark, but that was Vic. All about baseball. He will definitely be missed! God rest his soul. ❤️

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  7. Courtland William Richards

    I met Vic Knight at a reception in Mobile, AL in 1988 (I think) when I was in the Mobile area doing some tourism related photography for the State of Alabama through a local ad agency while working out of my commercial photo studio in Birmingham, AL. Vic had seen my work in Athlon Sports’ College Football Annuals and knew right off the bat that I’d be a great resource for The Senior Bowl! For the next 31 years as a freelancer, I provided action and event photography for The Senior Bowl, all thanks to Vic Knight! We had such a good relationship that Vic asked me to photograph his wedding to Katie Baughman in 1991. I really missed Vic when he moved on from The Senior Bowl! Rest in peace my friend! Courtland

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  8. Mark Bryant

    I knew Vic from his freshman year at Ole Miss. I will certainly be at the battleship.

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  9. Bryan Peterson

    Rest in peace, fellow High School classmate. I always enjoyed your presence. Much love to Joe, the Knight families and to everyone that had the pleasure of sharing part of Vic’s life.

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