BW grad and Cleveland Indians curator Jeremy Feador

As curator for the Cleveland Indians, BW history graduate Jeremy Feador is right in the middle of the World Series fever that is sweeping the city.

BW Grad Preserves World Series History in Cleveland

October 25, 2016

BW grad and Cleveland Indians curator Jeremy FeadorAs curator and historian for the Cleveland Indians, Baldwin Wallace University history graduate Jeremy Feador ’08 is right in the middle of the World Series fever that is sweeping the city. On the eve of game one of the championship series, we asked Feador how he approaches preserving Major League Baseball history-in-the-making, his best advice for history majors and how it feels to be witnessing this piece of Indians’ history:

Feador: It still hasn’t sunk in in yet. I’ve been walking around the ballpark and looking at the scoreboard. I just feel like I need to pinch myself and remember that there are only two ball clubs still playing and we are one of them.

BW: How do you approach preservation as the World Series plays out; how do you know what might be important in the future? 

Feador: I think there are so many unknowns that make preserving items a challenge. Who knows what will happen? Could there be something like an unassisted triple play like there was in 1920 when the Indians did it? Could there be a no-hitter? There are so many unique possibilities that until they happen, you sort of don’t know what to save. On that note, you just try to get some basic items, such as first pitch ball, a base, programs, etc. You also think about the past World Series and say, man it’d be cool if they would have saved XYZ

Jeremy Feador holds the Cy Young AwardBW: How do you claim the items you want to add to the team’s collection?

Feador: There are several parties involved. Obviously, first and foremost, you want to respect the players' wishes because this is an important event for them. Also, Major League Baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame all have interest in objects and items, so I just try to balance all of those needs and wants and hope that we can get items that help tell the story of the 2016 World Series.

BW: What career advice do you have for other history majors?

Feador: Take chances and get involved. Don’t be scared to ask questions and try your hand at anything. (I learned to hand sew 1860s era clothing because I was working at Hale Farm and was interested.) I can’t stress enough about how much the Adams Street Cemetery project [as a BW undergrad] played a large role in my career path. I didn’t know what “Public History” was until I got involved with that project. Getting to work with BW professors on the project was a truly unique experience. If you just expect opportunities to come to you, then you are going to be at a disadvantage.

BW: Any thoughts on your BW undergraduate experience? What was important to your development as a historian?

Feador: The faculty-student collaboration and internships were huge for me. Dr. Indira Gesink and Dr. Steven Siry were beyond valuable to me in my development as a historian. My work at BW helped me get accepted into graduate school [at Wright State] which ultimately helped me end up where I am now.

Watch, listen or read more about Feador’s work with the Indians in these media reports featuring the team curator:

Jeremy Feador talks with Cleveland Indians fans