Monday, June 26, 2017

Darren Musselwhite, Another Field - 28

Originally published Feb. 28, 2016
Local insurance agent Darren Musselwhite took on a new title in his hometown of Southaven, Miss., in 2013, that of mayor.

At a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon that August, he said why, according to The DeSoto Times-Tribune.

"I would like to move on with the good stuff about Southaven," Musselwhite told those at luncheon, according to The Times-Tribune. "I truly ran for mayor because number one, I love Southaven. I realized it was time to do something bigger and step out and help Southaven. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to challenge myself."

Musselwhite moved on to the challenges of insurance and the Southaven mayor's office after first facing challenges in another field, the baseball field.

Musselwhite's baseball challenge lasted three seasons. He made high-A, but didn't make it higher.

Musselwhite's baseball career began in 1989, taken by the Giants in the 40th round of the draft out of the University of Mississippi.

At Mississippi, Musselwhite threw a three-hit shutout in an April 1987 game. He threw 12 innings in a March 1987 game and picked up 10 wins in 1988.

With the Giants, Musselwhite played 1989 at rookie Pocatello. He went 4-5 over 28 outings, six starts. He had a good relief outing in one August game, and a win in another.

Musselwhite then moved to the Twins system for 1990, playing at single-A Kenosha. He went 6-5 over 42 outings, with a 3.12 ERA. For 1991, he played at high-A Visalia, going 7-8, with a 4.03, ending his career.

Musselwhite soon made his way back home to Southaven, becoming an insurance agent licensed in both Tennessee and Mississippi. In 2013, he got elected Southaven mayor, a post he continues to hold in 2016.

"I'm excited," Musselwhite said after being sworn in in June 2013, according to WREG.com. "I'm ready to get busy."

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