2007 Hall of Fame Honoree
Preston “P. I.” Addison ... A rodeo man.
A rodeo man for many years, Mr. PI Addison of Hammond, LA can write a top
selling book on the adventures he has encountered in his life. He has been a Pick up Man for the
Rodeo Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, High School Rodeo Association
and Loranger FFA Little Britches Rodeo working for stock contractors such as Marshall DeSouges’
Southern Thunder Rodeo Co. of Tickfaw, LA and Gerald Smiths’ Wing Pro Rodeo Company of Bagota, TX.
Mr. PI was the former assistant trail boss and lead rider of the Dixie Trail Ride from the beginning
in 1979 until the end in 1995. He was former captain of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Posse from
1955 – 2001 and is now an honorary member.
Mr. PI Addison is a United States Army Veteran 1952 – 1954. He played in the army’s
1st Cavalry Baseball Division receiving awards for top batting average, catcher and fielder. He was
offered a professional baseball career in 1954 but turned it down for family obligations. He coached
Hammond Baseball League from 1964 – 1970 and led the team to their first Louisiana State Championship in
1969 and received the honor of Coach of the Year.
Mr. PI Addison is retired from BellSouth telephone company of 43 years. He is the
father of Brad Addison and Kimberly Addison Corkern. He has three grandsons; Chance, Chad and Preston. He
is a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ in Sweetwater, Louisiana. He enjoys baseball, horseback riding,
spending time with his family and attending rodeos at the Florida Parishes Arena. His children
and grandchildren say he is: A Great Man, A Great Father, A Great Grandfather, A Great Example,
and A Great Friend!
He is the True American Cowboy and Man!