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Darrell Creel Inducted Into MSBL World Series Hall of Fame

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Darrell Creel resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and plays in the MABL/MSBL of the same name.  He has been attending the MSBL World Series as a player and manager since 1989 and for his support and passion for the MSBL banner he has been inducted into the 2016 class of the MSBL World Series Hall of Fame.  He and his wife Paula were busy packing up the gear after a game at the stadium when I caught up with them. 

"I have been coming to Arizona since 1989 and have only missed one year and that was because I had cancer surgery,” explained Creel.  "I still wanted to come before the surgery but they wouldn’t let me. But I have made all of the others.” 

Darrell and Paula are a part of the Cyclones of the 25-over division back in Albuquerque.  They are also the Cyclones when they come toArizona.  "We went from MSBL to MABL back home four years ago because some of our older guys were retiring so we had a sort of youth movement,” said Darrell. "We have won the division two of the four years and are very proud of that.”

The 25-over division at the World Series in Arizona is equally as tough as back home.  "We won a ring last year (2015) against our old nemesis the Twin City Cardinals so we are hoping for a repeat.  We have been coming down as the Cyclones for six years and have made the semi-finals for four of those years and then the finals, of course, last year.” 

Darrell’s most memorable achievement at the World Series was expectantly conveyed that the ring they finally won in 2015 stands above the rest.  His most important personal moment may surprise you. "It was the year I couldn’t come because of the cancer surgery.  That jolt certainly put things in perspective and it made me appreciate just how fortunate I was to be able to continue to play this game.”

"I couldn’t do it without my partner Paula.  She came into my life in 1998 and I couldn’t do it without her, on or off the field.  I married both a wife and an assistant manager!”

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