Above, Bud Selig (right) with Michael Mullen (left), the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2010.
Allan Huber "Bud" Selig - American baseball executive; born Allan Huber Selig on July 30, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known as the previous team owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers and the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Selig attended Sherman School, Steuben Junior High School and Washington High School in Milwaukee (other notable Washington High School graduates include actor Gene Wilder and, Milwaukee Bucks owner and United States Senator, Herb Kohl).
Selig graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in American history and political science in 1956. He served two years in the U.S. Army before working with his father who owned a car leasing business in Milwaukee.
Selig's interest in baseball came from his mother. An immigrant from Ukraine, Marie Selig attended college, a rare accomplishment for a woman in the early 20th century, and became a school teacher. When Selig was only three, Marie began taking him and his older brother, Jerry, to Borchert Field, where the minor league Milwaukee Brewers played. When the Boston Braves relocated to Milwaukee in 1953, Selig switched allegiances, and eventually became the team's largest public stockholder. Selig was devastated when he learned that the Braves were going to leave Milwaukee in favor of Atlanta. In 1965, when the Braves left Milwaukee, he divested his stock in the team.
Selig wanted major league baseball in Milwaukee and, in 1969, even tried to purchase the White Sox with the intention of moving them to Milwaukee. He entered into an agreement to buy the club, but the American League vetoed the sale, so Selig turned his attention to other franchises. Then, in 1970, he purchased the bankrupt Seattle Pilots franchise, moving them to his hometown and officially renaming the team the Brewers.
Selig was both Acting Commissioner (1992–1998) and Commissioner (1998–2015) of Major League Baseball. In 1998, upon his assumption of the Commissioner's role, Selig transferred his ownership interest in the Brewers to his daughter, Wendy Selig-Prieb.
During Selig's tenure as both Acting Commissioner and Commissioner, he oversaw baseball through the 1994 strike, the introduction of the wild card, interleague play, and the merging of the National and American Leagues.
Selig was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Selig was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Selig currently serves as the Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball.
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American baseball executive.
Above: Selig Monument outside of Miller Park. Photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.
Above: Selig discusses what Bob Uecker has meant to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Above: Bud Selig's testimony during the Senate Oversight Committee hearing on steroids in baseball.