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New River Bandits GM First African American GM In League History

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Harold Craw has been named the new general manger of the Quad City River Bandits.

Craw has spent the past 11 years in Minor League Baseball and was previously the assistant G.M. with the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

Craw joins the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros after 10 seasons in sales and operations with the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Craw was the South Atlantic League's 2008 Sales Executive of the Year and 2009 Community Relations Director of the Year.

"Harold Craw is one of the true rising stars in Minor League Baseball," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. "He has a strong commitment to customer service, a love for baseball, and a genuine understanding of how we can continue to be a great place for families to spend quality time together and have a lot of fun all summer long. Working with Stefanie Brown and Andrew Chesser, Harold gives us an all-star line-up in our front office!"

Craw, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Emory and Henry College in 1999 and his master's degree in sport leisure and management from East Tennessee State University in 2001. He was a physical education and wellness teacher before starting his career in Minor League Baseball in 2002 as the director of stadium operations for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals of the Appalachian League. That same year he was the facility director for the 2002 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Craw is believed to be the first African-American general manager in the history of the Midwest League and the only current African-American general manager in Minor League Baseball.

"I am so pleased to see Harold Craw get the opportunity to lead an organization," said Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner.  "His work in Charleston (S.C.) was quite impressive and I am confident he will provide the same leadership in the Quad Cities."