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EP45: Jeff Idelson - Running the Baseball Hall of Fame, the state of the game, and HOF Class of '19!

Make Your Mark

Release Date: 05/29/2019

EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID show art EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID

Make Your Mark

“The biggest epidemic of 2021 isn’t Covid. It is mental health, trauma and addiction”- Theo Fleury  I’ve had plenty of Make Your Mark podcast guests and Clubroom events that have focused on victory of bad over good, overcoming hurdles, challenges and struggles. Plenty of laughs too. But having both Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin in the Clubroom to talk about mental health issues as we continue our march through Covid was worth every second of this event. Each suffered through significant trauma, and as you listen to this podcast you will not only hear their life experiences, but also...

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EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor show art EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor

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Clint Malarchuk’s life can’t be summarized in a few words. But I’ll try. Very successful NHL career as a goalie. Great sense of humor. Strength, kindness, and a huge heart. Rancher. Tougher than nails. Mix in severe mental health illness, anxiety, crippling OCD, depression, alcoholism, rehab centers, and a suicide attempt.   “I’ve had a lot of surgeries, a lot of physical pain. I tell you what. The most painful thing in the world is mental illness. I’d rather have my jugular vein cut again. If God gave me the choice “Hey Clint, want to have your vein cut again and get rid of...

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EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! show art EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)!

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What's more impressive than two accomplished women's soccer players? How about if they are both successful entrepreneurs scoring goals in the business world! "You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind. You have to be willing to be criticized. Only you can do those things." - Brandi Chastain Another big time coup for  and the Make Your Mark podcast to have both  AND  discuss their path from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! Brandi and Haley each scored...

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EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!  show art EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!

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Obstacles are inevitable, whether you run a business, hold down a job, or simply just try to get through your day. Who would want to face them if we didn't need to? Well, I know a few people who can't wait! Founder and CEO is one of them! My Podcast guest is the true definition of a badass! “Rather than wrapping the kids up in bubble wrap like most of us parents do, you wrap them up in barbed wire. You give kids obstacles and make it harder for them. You make them take the stairs and walk to school. We’re not looking to put them in danger but we are looking for them to learn how to...

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EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers! show art EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers!

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A dramatic pivot from sport to a totally different career is what truly excites me about the potential of athlete transition, and today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Dale Moss, has become an impressive entrepreneur, and oh, did I mention, one of the first professional athletes to become a professional model? Hundreds try to sign with world-renowned Wilhelmina Models, and Dale has made the cut!   “The biggest thing I can say to any athlete who is 100 percent into their sport and doesn’t have or has not begun the process of building outside of that, is to start building a team....

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EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo! show art EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo!

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Dancing grandmas? Baseball players skydiving to their positions? Just a normal day at the office for one of the most exciting, interesting, and big-picture thinking owners in sports, and my guest on the Mark Your Mark podcast, Jesse Cole. Oh, did I mention the yellow tuxedo and top hat that he wears more often than not? “I found out only 200 fans were coming to the games, and the team had been there for seven years. I made ten phone calls out to the community. The first seven phone calls no one had even heard of the team, the next two wouldn’t work with us, and the last one hung up on me....

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EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power show art EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power

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Hurtling down a mountain on ice skates at 50 mph in 35 seconds! Pitching his sport for the next Winter Olympics! Starting his own all-natural CBD company. And Jack Schram, this week’s #Make Your Mark guest, gives me advice on staying fit while sitting behind my computer screen, no easy task!   “After awhile working at what I thought was my dream job originally on Wall Street, I decided I really couldn’t see myself doing this long term. I went back to what I would’ve liked to have done as a kid and I wanted to get back into the fitness industry. I just figured life is too short to...

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EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed' show art EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed'

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The Quote Machine! One pearl of wisdom after the next, and my guest on today’s #Make Your Mark podcast, Lauren Brill, shows very clearly why she was such an impressive sports reporter, and why she is making such a positive impact with her new company, The Unsealed. It’s hard enough to put it out there that you have gone through a traumatic event, but she’s made it easier to make those small steps towards recovery by creating a forum and a community, and you will hear all about how she got it going and where she’s heading with it!    “Starting your own business is like being...

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EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities show art EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities

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Nearly 20 Years strapping on an NFL helmet. Several NFL records. A right foot that accounted for over 2000 points in his career! But today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Matt Stover, is just getting started. He’s taken his deep interest in philanthropy and is channeling it into his company, helping charities raise money for great causes with fewer challenges. And he was ready for all of this even during his rookie year!   “Right at the very beginning I understood that I needed to start thinking about the fact that my career will come to an end one day, and I will be a young...

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EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food! show art EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food!

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One of the hardest things to do in sports is to shoot a puck into a net, while skating fast, wearing a bunch of equipment, all while being pursued by your opponent looking to hit you into the boards. Hockey players need to have extraordinary peripheral vision, and my guest on this #MakeYourMark podcast, TJ Galiardi, shows us how that vision has extended into his company that he co-founded once his NHL career ended.   “It’s really about walking before you run. But if you want to run, you need to have all the available pieces. You can only do so much on your own. You really want to find...

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Play ball! Having a career in baseball for over 30 years just sounds like a great way to earn a living, and my guest today on the #MakeYourMark podcast, Jeff Idelson, has been the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY for 11 years! Not only has he presided over an exciting time in baseball history, but he’s made his impact on America’s pastime, and he has great stories to tell!

“I got the Yankees job in December of ‘88, and I go to a kick-off cocktail party before the team is going to spring training in ‘89, I was 24 years old and he is there, and I walked right up to him and said, ‘Hey Mr. Steinbrenner, I want to introduce myself to you. I’m Jeff Idelson, I’m your new assistant PR Director.’ He puts his hands on my shoulders, and says ‘Good to have you! You’re that young man from Detroit, aren’t you?’  I said ‘No sir, I’m the young man from Boston!’ and he said ‘Great to have you on board, I have three words of advice for you. Rent, don’t buy!’. I nodded my head, you know, the sage advice from your new boss. Working for him was incredibly rewarding, very difficult guy to work for, a guy who was focused on winning, focus on putting together a product, and we were terrible when I was there. But I learned a lot from him about just being ahead of the curve, how to anticipate, how to manage relationships, it was tough love but it was perfect for me at that age.”

Jeff’s career in baseball has spanned from selling hotdogs in Fenway Park, to working for the Boss, George Steinbrenner, and 25 years in Cooperstown, and we cover a wide range of baseball topics, including the chances of Pete Rose along with those suspected of steroid use to be inducted into the Hall, and the incredible HOF Class of ‘19!

“I remember having a conversation with a guy named Seymour Siwoff, who bought the Elias Sports Bureau 60 years ago, in fact he still runs it, he’s like 98 now, great guy, but you want to talk about a different era. He calls me on a Saturday morning 7 o'clock and I was like, why is my phone ringing, I don’t work for the team anymore! He says ‘Hi Jeff, it’s Seymour!’ This was in 1994, the internet was just being born and he says, ‘You know I've donated every day-by-day for every player in the history of baseball to your library’ and these are giant ledger books, it’s the statistics for every guy, and he says, ‘I understand you’re going to put all those things on the internet.’ And I said, ‘Seymour, that’s the furthest thing on my mind! All that I am trying to do is to drag people to Cooperstown!’ and he says ‘Good! The internet is a fad, it’s like the hula hoop, it’s going to be gone in a few years!’”

This episode was special for me as it stirred up some great memories I have within baseball, including Little League, trading baseball cards, and attending the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This is a perfect listen for the season!

“Pete Rose is a good example. When I came to the Hall in 1994, the big topic was Pete, who back in ‘91 had been banned by baseball. Arguably one of the top hitters of all time, and here you have a Hall of Fame without the all-time hits leader! But baseball’s rules for election don’t consider players who are on the ineligible list, which Pete was on and is still today, and he did nothing to show he belonged in the Hall. As you walk into every clubhouse, as I have done, and the first thing you see is, ‘Don’t Gamble on Baseball’, and Pete admitted to gambling on baseball. Now you have legalized gambling on baseball, you have casinos involved on a tangential level, yet I don’t see his candidacy changing.”

“I am trying to make sure the game remains relevant to the younger generations, and it’s challenging, because you have a sport that is tried and true to its traditions, we don’t like to change things very often, and the game is a game of beauty.  But as we talked about growing up, and we wondered why we love baseball so much, well, the reality is that we did not have a lot of choices, and kids and adults today have a lot of choices, and that’s why you see maybe the interest in baseball waning.”


Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 2:03
  • Gravitating into Baseball - 3:13
  • Landing with the Red Sox - 5:37
  • Working With the Enemy, the Yankees - 8:46
  • Taking Advice From The Boss - 11:58
  • Changing My Lifestyle - 13:37
  • The Hall of Fame! - 14:58
  • I Am The Baby Boomer - 17:01
  • Becoming President - 20:14
  • Old Timer's Game - 23:18
  • Should Pete Rose be in The Hall? - 29:23
  • What would you change in Baseball? - 30:59
  • It’s All About Power! - 32:31
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 37:50


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