May 12, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
DE PERE, WIS. St. Norbert College has announced that Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, will be its commencement speaker on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center on the college’s De Pere campus. Commissioner Selig will also receive an honorary degree from the college.
Allan H. (Bud) Selig was named the ninth commissioner of baseball on July 9, 1998, by a unanimous vote of the 30 Major League Baseball club owners. Prior to his election as baseball’s commissioner, Selig served as chairman of the Executive Council and was the central figure in Major League Baseball’s organizational structure dating back to September 1992.
Selig has led the way toward implementation of many of the game’s structural changes, including the wild-card playoff format, interleague play, realignment, restoration of the rulebook strike zone, consolidation of the league’s administrative functions and limited instant replay.
Selig has expanded the reach of the sport in numerous ways. Under his guidance, in January 2000, MLB took the unprecedented step of centralizing all of the sport’s internet rights under MLB Advanced Media. On January 1, 2009, MLB Network launched as the largest debut in cable television history. In 2006 and again in 2009, MLB and the MLBPA staged the World Baseball Classic, the most important international baseball event ever undertaken, in which major-league players competed for their home countries for the first time.
In 1970, Selig bought the one-year-old Seattle Pilots baseball team out of bankruptcy for $10.8 million, and announced that the team would become the Milwaukee Brewers. Selig was hailed as a hero in his hometown, for bringing big league baseball back to Wisconsin after the National League’s Milwaukee Braves had left for Atlanta four years earlier.
Upon his assumption of the commissioner’s role, Selig transferred his ownership interest in the Brewers to his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb in 1992.
In 2005, major-league owners unanimously approved the $223 million sale of the Milwaukee Brewers from the family of commissioner Bud Selig to a group headed by Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio.
In August 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers unveiled a statue in Selig’s likeness outside Miller Park, honoring all of his efforts for his hometown and his leadership of the Brewers and the game of baseball.