Principal, National Baseball Hall of Fame
WHY: 40-year vet of Angels Baseball LP, more than 20 as go-to communications VP. Now heads Big Show’s Big Hall in bucolic Cooperstown, N.Y., memorial home to Ruth and Williams, Gehrig and Koufax, Banks and Cobb and Mays.
RECENT: Affable Mead named to spot in April; he’s the seventh president in its eight decades, replacing Jeff Idelson, who led Hall 25 years.
QUOTABLE: Never thought he “could or would leave OC.” Will bring “same passion and dedication as I have to the Angels … humbled, nervous, blessed, excited.”