Hall president steps down after executive committee findings

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dale Petroskey resigned Tuesday as president of the baseball Hall of Fame after its board's executive committee found he "failed to exercise proper fiduciary responsibility."

The Hall's executive committee said it found there were "other business judgments that were not in the best interest of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum."

The Hall did not detail Petroskey's actions. Spokesman Brad Horn said the executive committee believed they weren't criminal and that he did not benefit personally from them.

Petroskey, who grew up in Michigan and worked as an usher at Tiger Stadium, joined the Hall in July 1999.

"I serve at the pleasure of the board, and accept the judgment of the executive committee," Petroskey said in a statement issued by the Hall.

Petroskey was in the office Tuesday when the decision was reached.

Former Yankees media relations director Jeff Idelson was appointed acting president. Idelson joined the Hall as director of public relations and promotions in 1994 and has been vice president for communications and education since 1999.