University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project

Taylor Rush Interview, June 18, 2020


Taylor Rush


Michael Larmann



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project, OH 475, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 475-011

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP4 (01:00:48 min.): digital + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

video/mp4; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_475_011.mp4; OH_475_011.pdf

Taylor Rush Interview, June 18, 2020