Russell "R.L." StockardSportswriter/Contributor, 1950-present

Inducted: 2001

  • First African-American sportswriter for the States-Item and the State Times.
  • First Sports Information Director at Southern University.
  • First Public Relations and Sports Information Director of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
  • Instrumental in bringing about the first integrated high school basketball game in New Orleans - St. Augustine versus Jesuit.
  • Member of the committee that started the annual Bayou Classic.
  • Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.