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May 4, 2021
Episode 42: National Baseball Hall of Fame – Tim Mead

The ALL ME® Podcast

National Baseball Hall of Fame – Tim Mead

The hallowed grounds of the National Baseball Hall of Fame – it’s a place that many strive to get to, but few arrive at. Today we will be going behind the scenes of the Hall with Tim Mead, who has spent 40 years in baseball, and is the current President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cooperstown, New York. Mead was named to the position on June 24, 2019, and oversees the daily operation of the non-profit, educational institution, whose mission is to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations. The organization first opened in 1939 and today employs nearly 100 full-time staff members, welcoming an average of nearly 300,000 visitors annually and more than 17 million visitors since opening. We talk to Tim about the mission of the Hall of Fame, what can be seen there, as well as his thoughts on known steroid users potentially entering the Hall.

We also talk with Tim about his career with the Los Angeles Angels organization before joining the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he spent his entire baseball career, including his final 22 years as the team’s Vice President of Communications. In that role, Mead oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. Immediately prior, he served as Angels’ Assistant General Manager from 1994-97. Mead, who began his career as an intern in the Angels’ Public Relations department in 1980, was appointed Director of Media Relations in 1985 and assumed the role of Assistant Vice President of Media Relations in 1991. During his tenure there, Mead and his staff were responsible for the handling of media during the Angels’ postseason appearances, the 1989 and 2010 All-Star Games at Angel Stadium and the Angels’ 2002 World Series Championship season. We talk with Tim about those experiences, how he got into baseball, what is was like working for the legendary Gene Autry as well as the steroid era of baseball, and ultimately how we got connected when he helped us secure one of our very first ALL ME Advisory Board Members.

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