COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Sunday was the last day on the job for National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.
Idelson has been the President since 2008, but first came to work at the Hall in 1994 as the Director of Public Relations and Promotions.
"That day was unbelievable," says Idelson. "I got here at 8 in the morning, work starts at 9. The door is locked so at about 8:30, Catherine Walker came in she went out to put up the flag. I said I'm here to start work and see Bill Guilfoile. She said he's not here yet and you are just going to have to wait. Bill showed up and I just thought I had walked into heaven since then its been nothing but bliss."
Idelson is the sixth President in the 80 year history of the Hall. Prior to working in Cooperstown, the 54-year old Massachusetts native worked in various positions in baseball including communications for the Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees.
"I take great pride on what our staff has accomplished over the years to turn the Hall of Fame, which was in the spotlight a few times a year, to making this a vibrant place year around. The programs we developed have really put a spotlight on Cooperstwon so that now this region is a year around destination."
Idelson will not be idle in retirement. He has started a venture called Grassroots Baseball. It brings light to the amateur game from stickball, to town ball and legion ball. It gives back to underserved communities to help grow the game of baseball.
Tim Mead took over as President of the Hall of Fame on Monday and will preside over the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in July.