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Bud Selig
Commissioner, Major League Baseball
November 28, 2000 1 p.m. ET

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Bud Selig
Allan H. "Bud" Selig, the ninth Commissioner of Baseball, has been a fan of the sport all his life. But he has presided over some of the most turbulent moments in baseball’s recent history, and in doing so has attracted both high praise and harsh criticism. He was in charge in 1994 during a months-long players' strike that led to a sharp decline in game attendance and popularity, and ultimately resulted in the cancellation, for the first time since 1904, of the World Series. He also presided over a dramatic showdown with the umpires union in 1999.

Under his leadership, major league baseball has seen the start of inter-league play, the introduction of three-division leagues, and vastly increased revenue sharing between large- and small-market clubs. His efforts made possible an exceptional two-game series between the Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles, and earned him praise in the U.S. Senate.

Selig was born in July 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American history and political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1956, and then served for two years in the armed forces before returning home to work in the automobile business with his father. He grew up following the fortunes of the Milwaukee Brewers minor league team and the Chicago Cubs. Selig welcomed the Boston Braves when their franchise moved to Milwaukee in 1953, and was their largest public stockholder by the time they moved to Atlanta in 1965. After failing to buy the White Sox to replace the Braves, he led the successful effort to acquire the bankrupt Seattle Pilots – then renamed the Brewers -- for Milwaukee in 1970.

The Brewers appeared in the 1982 World Series, won an unprecedented three-straight Baseball America Awards between 1985 and 1987, and won seven "Organization of the Year" awards during Selig's tenure as club president.

When the eighth baseball commissioner resigned in a power struggle in September 1992, Selig's fellow owners named him Chairman of the Major League Executive Council, which governs in the absence of a commissioner. In July 1998, after six years as acting commissioner, the 30 Major League Baseball club owners unanimously chose him as commissioner for a five-year term. It was the first time an owner was picked for the job.

Selig has received numerous awards during his career, including the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for outstanding service to benefit America's youth; the United States Olympic Committee "Sportsman of the Year Award" for his contributions to baseball and to youth in Milwaukee; and the Distinguished Service Award from the US Sports Academy. He also received the "August A. Busch, Jr. Award", the equivalent of the players' Most Valuable Player Award for off-field personnel, from Major League Baseball Ownership for "long and meritorious service to baseball."

Selig is married. He has three daughters and five granddaughters.



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