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Tim Mead

Leading Hall Of Fame Is About ‘We,’ Not ‘I’


Leading Hall Of Fame

Is About ‘We,’ Not ‘I’

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Tim Mead, the Hall of Fame’s new president, answers fans questions during a Q&A in the Grandstand Theater this morning during Community Day. (Jennifer Hill/

COOPERSTOWN  – In a Q&A this morning, Community Day at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Cooperstown’s two other museums, the Hall’s new president Tim Mead told of his humble beginnings.

He was born in Greece, and adopted, along with his sister, when he was 6 months old.

He joined the Los Angeles (then Anaheim) Angels as an intern in 1980 after writing three letters.

Hall Of Fame President Mead Plans Q&A With Community


Hall Of Fame President Mead

Plans Q&A With Community

Tim Mead, in his first year as Baseball Hall of Fame president, will participate in a Q&A with the public during tomorrow’s Community Day at 25 Main. (AllOTSEGO photo)

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame’s new president, Tim Mead, plans a Q&A with visitors at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) during Community Day, where local fans will be admitted for free, (a $23 value for adults with drivers’ license or other ID).

Mead , who succeeded Jeff Idelson at the end of the 2019 Induction, spent a career at the Los Angeles Angels, the last decade at vice president/communications.  Following the Q&A in the Grandstand Theater, a film, “Generations of the Game,” will be screened.

Hall Of Famer Lee Smith Returns For Golf Tourney


Hall Of Famer Lee Smith

Returns For Golf Tourney

Hall of Famer Lee Smith and wife Dyana, in back row, toured Pathfinder Village yesterday, along with Hall President Tim Mead, back left. Smith is celebrity host at the Pathfinder Village-Hall of Fame Celebrity Tournament underway today at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.

COOPERSTOWN – Class of 2019 Hall of Famer Lee Smith has returned this week to the scene of his Induction as celebrity host for the Pathfinder Village-Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Invitational, which begins today at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.

The former Chicago Cub will join 23 amateur foursomes on the 18th to support a golf event that raises scholarship funds for Pathfinder Village, the residential community in Edmeston for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF! Tim Mead New HoF President

Tim Mead New HoF President



Tim Mead poses with fans from Hartford, Conn., after they asked him to snap a photo of them at the scoreboard in front of 25 Main St., which he gladly did. From left are Luis Garcia, his wife Carmen and daughter Glendaly. In front is granddaughter Macci, 8. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Tim Mead pauses in front of Baseball’s Mecca, which he now oversees.

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead is anything if not approachable.

Walking by that display board of standings in front of the Hall of Fame the other day, Glendaly Garcia of Hartford, Conn., called out to the new president of Baseball’s Mecca:  “Can you take our photo?”

Unhesitatingly, he did, then posed with the family, now thrilled at meeting the man who holds one of the highest-profile jobs in the National Pastime.

That kind of personal touch is important, the Garcias can tell you:  A decade ago, dad Luis was diagnosed with cancer, and the family brought him to Cooperstown to fulfill a lifelong dream.   He recovered, and a month ago was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Meeting Tim Mead made their visit that much more special.

SCOLINOS: It’s All We Need To Know: Home Plate 17 Inches Wide



It’s All We Need To Know:

Home Plate 17 Inches Wide

Editor’s Note:  Tim Mead, incoming Baseball Hall of Fame president, cited John Scolinos, baseball coach at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, as a lifelong inspiration, particularly Scolinos’ famous speech “17 Inches.” Chris Sperry, who published, heard Scolinos deliver a version in 1996 at the American Baseball Coaches Association in Nashville, and wrote this reminiscence in 1916 in his “Baseball Thoughts” column.


Cal Poly Pomona baseball coach John Scolinos, Tim Mead’s inspiration.

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.

After speaking for 25 minutes, he said:

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.


“No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: With Hall of Fame’s new President Tim Mead


Teamwork: A Way

Of Life Tim Mead’s

Now Bringing Here

L.A. Angels Communications/VP

To Succeed Idelson After Induction

Tim Mead, L.A. Angels vice president/communications, answers local press’ questions Tuesday after he was named Baseball Hall of Fame president. (Photo courtesy Orange County Register)

By JIM KEVLIN • Exclusive

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, who will become the seventh president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame following this year’s Induction on July 21, has been a team player in the front office at the Los Angeles Angels for four decades.

But for the Angels’ vice president/communications, team playing didn’t start there.

When young Tim was a sophomore at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernadino, he tried out for the Spartans varsity baseball team.  He tried out again when he was a junior.

When he was a senior, he made the cut, but just barely.  The team was waiting for a player to finish the basketball season, and when he did, Mead and another player were bumped.

He was standing out in the rain when he got the news, he remembers.

Angels Executive Succeeds Idelson As HoF President

Angels Executive

Succeeds Idelson

As HoF President

Tim Mead, 61, Hall’s Seventh Leader

Tim Mead

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, 61, 22-year vice president/communications for the Los Angeles Angels, has been named president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark announced a few minutes ago.

“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Tim has accepted the position of President of the Hall of Fame,” said Clark. “Tim is deeply respected throughout the baseball industry, among players, executives and media alike. He has a great affection for the game and its history, and we are looking forward to having him leading the efforts of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.”

In his most recent position, Mead, who has spent 40 years with the Angels,  oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. He was assistant general manager in 1994-97.  He had started in the public relations department  in 1980, became director of media relations in 1985 and assistant vice president/media relations, in 1991.

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