Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Petroskey Backfill

As we await the juicy details regarding the sacking of Dale Petroskey, let us take a walk down memory lane with Eric Enders' excellent exposé of Petroskey's politicization of the Hall of Fame from the summer of 2003. Lots of interesting stuff in there, including this bit that probably only the most ardent Hall of Fame geeks ever knew:
As foolish as Petroskey's actions were, he is in little danger of losing his job because he answers only to one person: Jane Forbes Clark, the heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune who runs the Hall of Fame—and the rest of the village of Cooperstown—with an iron fist. (Both Petroskey and Clark declined to be interviewed for this article.) Technically the Hall is a nonprofit educational institution run by a board of directors, but Clark, as chairperson of the board and also the Hall's main financial benefactor, controls the whole show. Her board of directors—a collection of famous baseball names that includes Bud Selig, Tom Seaver, and Brooks Robinson—generally stays out of the way and lets Clark do as she wishes.

There's much much more, so by all means, check it out.

(link via BTF poster SoSHially Unacceptable)


64cardinals said...

Hey, I agree that he should have kept the politics out of it. Baseball should be above that. But don't forget that Sarandon and Robbins have used opportunities such as that to push their political agenda, even when the forum didn't call for it. They have a history of doing that.

Seeing as how they problaby would have taken advantage of the situation and turned into a policital forum, where is the condemnation for them.

And yeah, I know, two wrongs don't make a right. But two wrongs are still both wrong.

Shyster said...

I'm not sure that we can say with any certainty that Robbins and Sarandon would have made it a political forum, 64. To the extent they've ever been outspoken in arguably inappropriate forums, it has been at the Oscars, and that's an event which has a long history of such things (see, Brando, Marlin).

And really, if Petroskey really was worried about what Robbins and Sarandon would say, he could have easily made quiet contact with them or their representatives to confirm that everyone would stay on the reservation for the Bull Durham event. If they wouldn't agree to keep it non-political, fine, cancel it. If they did and went back on their word, pillory them.

Instead, Petroskey decided that he didn't like the cut of their jib, cancelled it preemptively, and pilloried them anyway for stuff they didn't even say.