International Sports Heritage Association Names Peter Clark and Ted Spencer 2013 Schroeder Award Winners

October 15, 2013
Former Museum executives Peter Clark (left) and Ted Spencer (right). (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) - The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) has named a pair of former executives from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum the 2013 recipients of the prestigious Schroeder Award.  Former curator of collections Peter Clark and former vice president and chief curator Ted Spencer will be formally recognized as the award-winners during ISHA’s annual conference, October 16-18, in Denver.

Presented periodically, the W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor presented by the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) and is awarded to individuals for meritorious service of lasting nature in the sports heritage industry. 

“Throughout their lengthy careers, both Clark and Spencer devoted their heart and soul to the collection and preservation of one America’s greatest games and the promotion of sports heritage,” said ISHA Board President Rick Walls. “The Board felt that both awardees’ contributions warranted this recognition and made the decision to present the award to both in 2013.”

The official presentation of the Schroeder Award will take place on October 17, 2013, at “An Evening of Champions” as part of ISHA’s annual conference, hosted this year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, in Denver, Colorado.

Peter Clark: Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Clark grew up a baseball fan and only daydreamed about working for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  A graduate of Colgate University, Clark attended the Cooperstown Graduate Program where, in 1969, he received a tip to apply at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  After an interview, he accepted a position with the then 14 full-time employee organization and embarked on a 40-year career with the hallowed shrine.

During his tenure, Clark did just about everything. Starting as the assistant treasurer, he helped with exhibits, collections, and even worked in the ticket office and showed movies in the library. Eventually, as registrar, collections curator and then curator of collections, he brought much needed knowledge and collection management to the Hall and saw more than 20,000 artifacts accessioned into the Hall of Fame’s collection. 

Clark retired in 2009, but his impact on the museum’s collections helped preserved the lifeblood of the Hall of Fame forever.

Ted Spencer: A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design, Spencer embarked on a career with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum that would last 27 years. As the vice president and chief curator for the Hall of Fame and Museum, his commitment to documenting and exhibiting our national pastime transformed the look and feel of the museum throughout his tenure.

His deep knowledge of baseball, general history, design, and exhibit development guided the Hall of Fame through its major expansions, including the largest renovation project in its history in 2005, while his ability to create content that catered to visitors from everywhere and fans for all baseball teams played an important role maintaining the museum’s first-class status.

Spencer retired in 2009 and serves as curator emeritus for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

ABOUT ISHA

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971 to assist sports museums and halls of fame to develop, operate and promote their facilities. ISHA includes more than 130 members from countries such as China, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Qatar and the United States.  ISHA’s mission is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.