Tonawanda News


March 26, 2008

Baseball Hall president out

Resignation accepted



Petroskey had held the post for about nine years and was paid $305,000, according to IRS reports.

In a statement released to reporters, Petroskey said: “The Hall of Fame is a world-class institution, and I am proud of all we have accomplished through vision, hard work, and teamwork. I serve at the pleasure of the Board, and accept the judgment of the Executive Committee.”

The Hall’s five-member executive committee of two-time National League MVP Joe Morgan, "Meet the Press" managing editor Tim Russert, Hall of Fame chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark, Edward Stack and Paul Beeston accepted Petroskey’s resignation Tuesday afternoon.

Employees were notified of Petroskey’s resignation shortly before 4:30 p.m., Horn said, declining to say who made the announcement.

Jeff Idelson, an employee at the Hall since 1994 and the museum’s vice president of communications and education since 1999, will serve as acting president while the Hall searches for Petroskey’s replacement. Idelson, 43, becomes the Hall’s sixth president.

Petroskey began working at the Hall on July 19, 1999, succeeding Donald Marr. Before taking the job, Petroskey worked as assistant press secretary under President Reagan and spent 11 years at the National Geographic Society.

Also during Petroskey’s tenure, The Hall of Fame Game, which was baseball’s last remaining in-season exhibition and was held annually at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field, underwent a major change before it was announced the game would no longer be played after this year.

The game had coincided with the Induction Ceremony, normally being played the Monday after the Sunday ceremony. That changed in 2003, when the game moved to a spring date and the Induction Ceremony remained in late July.

On Jan. 29, Major League Baseball announced the game would be discontinued after the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres play June 16 at Doubleday Field.

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