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Blackwell to direct Sports Hall of Fame

Bill Blackwell

Bill Blackwell

Bill Blackwell, chief operations officer of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for the past eight months, has become the museum’s executive director.

Rick Cleveland, the MSHOF’s executive director since April, 2012, will remain as the MSHOF’s historian and will continue to work in community and media relations and in fund-raising efforts.

Cleveland, who has authored four books and still writes a syndicated newspaper column, said his decision to step away from the executive director duties will allow him more time for writing, including the columns and blog he writes for msfame.com, the museum’s website

Rick Cleveland

Rick Cleveland

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate 20 years of operation on July 4. This spring, the museum will host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams.”

Blackwell was four times the Executive of the Year in minor league baseball, including when he was the 1992 Texas League Executive of the Year in Jackson.

During his stint as general manager of the Jackson Generals, Blackwell served on the MSHOF’s original Board of Directors.

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