Jeff Idelson is lucky enough to work in his dream job. He's the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
He grew up loving and playing the game, but realized early on that his talents would only take him so far. That didn't shake his determination to pursue a career with America's national pastime. He became a vendor at Fenway Park in junior high school, which led to an internship and later on, a position in the PR department of the Boston Red Sox. At the age of 25, he moved to New York to work as the Director of Media Relations and Publicity for the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner.
Jeff worked for World Cup USA in 1994, then became the Director of Media Relations and Publicity for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in September of '94. From there, he worked his way up the Hall's corporate ladder all the way to the top. Now, he calls the shots.
I talked to Jeff about America's greatest game in a conversation that touches on the 2018 HOF inductees and also includes mentions of Tom Seaver, Pete Rose, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Mike Piazza, even Mordecai Brown. This interview was recorded in Jeff's office in Cooperstown.
This edition of 'Talk to Me' will air this Sunday night at 10 on 103-7 NNJ and Z93. On Monday, it will be the latest episode on the 'Talk to Me with Gary Cee' podcast on the free iHeartRadio app.