Difficult on your family so far away

Recently, I took a job in Cooperstown All-Star Village (www.cooperstownallstarvillage.com) to work all summer as an UMPIRE.

I came up here in 2018 on account of Blake, my 11 year old son was playing in the Cooperstown Dreams Park (www.cooperstowndreamspark.com) tournament. That was the first time either of us had ever been here before.

Meanwhile, Blake was invited back again twice more in 2019 which is when I serendipitously ran into Marty Patton and Tim Mead. Unfortunately, I just discovered that Tim Stepped Down as President of National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (COOPERSTOWN, NY)

Tim Mead

President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has announced that he will be resigning, effective May 15, 2021.

“I have been extremely blessed as a life-long fan of the game to spend four decades serving the organization I grew up admiring, and then have the distinct honor and privilege of assuming the role of President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” Mead said. “The driving force behind my career in baseball has always been love of the game.

“I made the recent leap with every intention of following in the footsteps of my predecessors, in continuing their efforts in maintaining the Hall of Fame as a critical component of the game,” Mead continued. “Try as I might, even with the unwavering support of my family, these last 22 months have been challenging in maintaining my responsibilities to them.

“I want to thank Jane Forbes Clark and the amazing staff in Cooperstown for their dedication and commitment to Preserving History, Honoring Excellence and Connecting Generations. I am confident the fruits of their labor will continue to impact current and future generations in telling the important stories of the wonderful game of baseball.”

“It is with regret that the Executive Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors accepted Tim Mead’s resignation,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “As a respected member of the baseball community, Tim has served the game of baseball for decades. His genuine appreciation for the game’s history and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be greatly missed by us.”

Mead, 62, was named President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on April 30, 2019 following a 40-year career working for the Los Angeles Angels organization, including the previous 22 years as the team’s Vice President of Communications.

A native of Athens, Greece, and a 1980 graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona, Calif., Mead began his career in baseball as an intern in the Angels’ Public Relations department in 1980, and his stint with the Angels included four years as Assistant General Manager from 1994-97.

Mead became the seventh president in the 82-year history of the organization. Past presidents include: Stephen C. Clark, Sr., founder of the Hall of Fame and grandfather of current Chairman, Jane Forbes Clark; Paul Kerr; Edward W. Stack; Donald C. Marr Jr.; Dale A. Petroskey; and Jeff Idelson.

JANE FORBES CLARK

Jane Forbes Clark is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. A member of the Board since 1992 and Chairman since 2000, she provides substantial museum expertise, philanthropic insight and management skill in this leadership position. Clark is currently Chairman of The Farmers’ Museum and is President of The Clark Foundation, The Scriven Foundation and The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home (Cooperstown, N.Y.) as well as a Trustee of Bassett Healthcare and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She has also served as Vice Chairman of The Jackie Robinson Empire State Freedom Medal Commission, Trustee of The Little League Foundation, and is past Vice Chairman and Trustee of The United States Equestrian Team and past Director of The United States Olympic Committee. She also served eight years as an Executive Board Member of the Fédération Equestre Internationale and Chairman of its Group IV. A recipient of many awards and honors, Jane Clark has been recognized by the Preservation League of New York State with its Pillar of New York award; the Fire Department of the City of New York with their Humanitarian of the Year award; Harlem R.B.I.; the Baseball Assistance Team; and is a member of the Boys’ Club of New York All Sports Hall of Fame. The Clark family has been a devoted steward of the Baseball Hall of Fame since Stephen C. Clark founded the Museum in 1936.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr., elected as a director in 2019, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 following a distinguished 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130), and then went another three seasons before voluntarily ending the streak after playing his 2,632nd consecutive game on Sept. 20 1998. In his post-playing career, Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level. He owns Ripken Baseball and, along with his family, founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Ripken Baseball currently operates youth baseball complexes, while the foundation operates nationally and serves over one million youth each year through programs and the construction of multi-purpose youth fields that provide kids with safe places to play. Ripken is also a Sports Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department.

Brooks Robinson

A director since 1995 and a member of the Pension Committee, Brooks Robinson played 23 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, setting a number of major league records that still stand today. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Widely respected inside and outside of Baseball, Robinson serves as president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni.

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