Oct 1, 2021
In a conversation recorded in
late June 2021, L.A. Dodger team historian Mark Langill (the first
ever team historian hired by a Major League Baseball club) stops by
to chat about how he got his start in the sports industry, offering
tips for young people interested in a job in sports. He also
discusses some forgotten Dodger pitchers from the Brooklyn days to
the modern era.
- “I think the most important thing is to be able
to smile and to be able to have a sense of humor. Don’t take
yourself so seriously.”
- “You never know down the road who you may meet.
Never discount whatever connections you may have down the
nothing greater than to be able to say I GET to go to work—instead
of I HAVE to go to work.”
- “Try to be as nice as you can to people, in all
walks of life. That’s the best thing that you can do. Because, if
you’re working for a baseball team, you should approach your job
exactly the same way if you’re in fifth place riding a 10-game
losing streak or you’re on the 1927 Yankees because your job
shouldn’t change based on the team, the attendance, the weather,
[or] anything like that.”
- “Don’t say that you can’t do anything, because
if you say you can—and you say you can’t—chances are you’re right.
So, right off the bat, get that negative stuff out of your head.
Don’t let people say that you can’t do something. Follow that inner
voice. Find somebody that’s of interest to you, and just ask them
questions. You don’t have to make it like a job interview. Just
say, ‘Hey, if you’ve got a couple minutes, I just want to ask you
about how you go about your day.’”