Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Missoula Paddleheads Taylor Rush discusses how Missoula’s minor league baseball organization reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a gag order, Rush only mentions the ongoing Professional Baseball Agreement negotiations between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, but he does talk about the impact of the pandemic on him, the office staff, the ballplayers, and the local community. Rush describes how the PaddleHeads operate both as a baseball team and as an entertainment company and explains how, during the pandemic, the organization has used its personal and marketing networks to collaborate with local businesses and organizations to host non-baseball events for the community.
COVID-19 pandemic; Global pandemic; Public history; Western Montana; Coronavirus pandemic; Public health and safety; Missoula County; Montana public health; Social distancing; Masks: Baseball; Sports, Missoula; Missoula Paddleheads; Entertainment; Networking; Minor League Baseball; Fundraising; Community events; Events planning
University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project, OH 475, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Rush, Taylor, "Taylor Rush Interview, June 18, 2020" (2020). University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project. 11.