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Howard Talbot, November 8, 2008

Title

Howard Talbot, November 8, 2008

Subject

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Major League Baseball
American Association of Museums
Accreditation
Pacific Theater
Educational Programming
Camp Chenango
Active/Inactive list
Ted Williams
Warren Spahn
Tom Seaver
Joe DiMaggio's jersey and cap

Description

Born in 1925, in New Berlin, New York, Howard Talbot has had the privilege and responsibility of working for one of the most important sports related destinations in the country. Mr. Talbot served as an accountant, assistant treasurer, treasurer, and eventually director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, beginning in 1951. His many years at the National Baseball Hall of Fame have left him with invaluable stories and experiences not only for the baseball fan, but also for the museum professional.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame was started in 1939 in Cooperstown, New York, and a young Howard Talbot happened to be in the crowd. Mr. Talbot served as the director of the Hall of Fame from 1968 to 1993 and worked very hard to make the NBHOP a world-class museum. Some of his goals were to improve the museum's education program, become an accredited institution, and better the security of the collection. He also had the opportunity to interact with many legends of baseball, such as Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, and Tom Seaver, and his stories serve as reminder that these sports heroes have a human side. These stories are some of the most interesting material in the interview.

While Mr. Talbot's memories about the NBHOF and the game of baseball are especially interesting, these subjects by no means define him. Mr. Talbot's recollections extend from his childhood growing up in Edmeston, New York, to his serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and coming back to find work and start a family in the post-war years.

The answers provided in this interview show some level of familiarity with journalists and writers, which seemed to prevent Mr. Talbot from telling longer stories. This does not mean that the interview lacks detail or description, just that the interviewee regulated the length of the answers. Mr. Talbot's interview sheds light on a variety of topic and his comfort while being recorded makes him an enjoyable and useful interview subject. Shorter pauses and terms such as "um" and "uh" have been left out of the transcript, as well as the word "and" when it is used to finish a sentence. These changes have been done to increase the readability of the transcript and not take any focus away from Mr. Talbot's message.

Creator

Matt Cox

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York-College at Oneonta

Date

2008-11-8

Rights

New York State Historical Association Library, Cooperstown, NY

Online Submission

No

Interviewer

Matt Cox

Interviewee

Howard Talbot

Files

Citation

Matt Cox, “Howard Talbot, November 8, 2008,” CGP Community Stories, accessed June 22, 2018, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/6.