Congratulations Commissioner Selig

owner, commissioner, leader, visionary, pioneer

SSG would like to congratulate Commissioner Selig for a career that not only honored the history and integrity of the game of baseball, but also guaranteed its competitive and financial success and social relevance into the 21st Century – both on the field and off. His love for, and leadership of Major League Baseball directly translated into making the game more joyful, accessible, and affordable. He prepared the National Pastime to become the world’s.

Thank you, Bud, for your boyhood obsession for the game and your lifelong commitment to it.

Hall of Fame 2017

Bud Selig never dared dream of Hall of Fame honor

Tom Haudricourt, USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE — For a man who dedicated his life to baseball, it is the unquestioned pinnacle.

Bud Selig considers his success in bringing Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970 his greatest individual achievement. And he remains quite satisfied with the game’s transformation that took place during his 22 years as commissioner.

But the Hall of Fame? That honor exceeded his greatest expectations.

Bud Selig makes his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center.
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Bud Selig makes his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center.

Bud Selig reaches pinnacle of baseball career by joining exclusive Hall of Fame family

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – As Bud Selig delivered his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday afternoon, many of his friends and family were sitting front and center among the sizable crowd.

Seated on stage behind Selig was his new, extended family – those already admitted into the most exclusive club in baseball, including some of the greatest players in the game’s history. For someone whose path began as an excitable, avid young fan, it couldn’t have been more satisfying.

,p>“This weekend, every Hall of Famer has been so warm with me,” Selig said before the ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. “I’ve known a lot of them for years, of course. The first thing they said was, ‘We’re proud that you’re now part of the family.’

‘It’s quite a story:’ Bud Selig on highs, lows of his time as MLB commissioner

Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune

It probably wouldn’t accommodate the 30,000 visitors Cooperstown expects for this weekend’s induction ceremony, but Bud Selig’s spacious 14th-floor office in a downtown high-rise surely would work as a Hall of Fame.

The ultra-modern, 4,600-square-foot space offers a commanding view of Lake Michigan, but most visitors’ eyes don’t get to the water. They’re drawn instead to the expansive displays of baseball memorabilia that chronicle 45 years in the game, the final 22 as commissioner of Major League Baseball.

There was plenty of good, starting with interleague play, an expanded postseason and revenue increases that exceeded the most ambitious projections.

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Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig on his Hall of Fame selection: “It’s left me almost speechless.”

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“The economic reformation in the game, the revenue sharing, all the rules I talked about [Sunday],” Selig said after the ceremony on Sunday.

Selig’s proudest legacy is economic stability

Jeremy Donovan, FOX 40 WICZ TV

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The first mention of MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig’s name at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown on Sunday was welcomed with a smattering of applause muffled by a chorus of boos. Although, Selig had yet to take the stage. When he did finally make his first appearance, there were a few boos mixed in with respectful applause.

“Nothing could top this:” Bud Selig inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame on his 83rd birthday

KAITLIN SHARKEY, FOX6Now.com

COOPERSTOWN, New York — As an owner, he heard a couple of his players give their Hall of Fame speeches. As a commissioner, he heard a lot more. On Sunday, July 30th, it was Bud Selig’s turn to talk, and talk he did, as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On the eve of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Selig shared a story about his favorite birthday — when he turned 15. But from here on out, a new story of a favorite birthday will be told, about a weekend spent in Cooperstown, and his HOF induction on his 83rd.

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Bud Selig, 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

Bud Selig speaks during Sunday's induction ceremony to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Bud Selig speaks during Sunday’s induction ceremony to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Baseball Hall of Fame: Bud Selig proud of game’s growth under his watch as commissioner

Doug Miller, MLB.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — He oversaw so many changes to baseball and steered the game through so many choppy waters that it was more than appropriate that Bud Selig’s shining moment came on the same day as a personal milestone.

In other words, happy 83rd birthday, Mr. Commissioner Emeritus. And welcome to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

That was the mood on a beautiful Sunday afternoon as Allan Huber Selig was formally enshrined in the Hall with four others — former players Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez, and former executive John Schuerholz.

Selig’s speech spanned his remarkable life in the game, from his purchase of the Seattle Pilots out of bankruptcy court and move to Milwaukee to begin play as the Brewers in 1970 to his eventual groundbreaking run as the game’s commissioner from 1992 until 2015.

Haudricourt: When Bud Selig goes in Baseball Hall of Fame, entire Brewers organization goes with him

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – One of the worst kept secrets during Bud Selig’s 22-year tenure as Commissioner of Major League Baseball was that the supposedly unbiased leader was secretly rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Actually, not so secretly.

“He’s got a passion for this team, to the point where he showed up many times when he shouldn’t be here, hiding out upstairs (at Miller Park), to watch the club play,” said Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Bob Uecker.

“He’s a Brewer. He can talk about all his other duties and everything else but if he’s on the road someplace, he’s calling here constantly to find out what’s going on.”

Bud Selig laughs with Hall of Famer Robin Yount before the celebration to unveil Selig's statue at Miller Park
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Bud Selig laughs with Hall of Famer Robin Yount before the celebration to unveil Selig’s statue at Miller Park

Bud Selig served as MLB commissioner for 22 years
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Bud Selig served as MLB commissioner for 22 years

Bud Selig never dared dream of Hall of Fame honor

Tom Haudricourt, USA TODAY Sports , KHOU

MILWAUKEE – For a man who dedicated his life to baseball, it is the unquestioned pinnacle.

Bud Selig considers his success in bringing Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970 his greatest individual achievement. And he remains quite satisfied with the game’s transformation that took place during his 22 years as commissioner.

But the Hall of Fame? That honor exceeded his greatest expectations.

“Very few times in my life have I been speechless, but I was speechless after getting the call from (Hall of Fame chairwoman) Jane Clark,” Selig said. “Everywhere I go, it’s all people want to talk about. It has been all I’ve thought about. I’ve already done 20 drafts of my speech. It means so much to me, in so many ways.”

“A little boy’s dreams come true:” Bud Selig looks forward to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame

KAITLIN SHARKEY, FOX6Now.com

COOPERSTOWN, New York — Bud Selig brought the Brewers to Milwaukee, kept them here, and then went on to run the league. On Sunday, July 30th, he’ll forever be a part of baseball history in Cooperstown, New York. FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey sat down one-on-one with Selig just days before he’s inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I say this, and everybody in their own town will say this, but bringing a team back here against really insurmountable odds in 1970 will always be the thing I’m most proud of. Proud of a lot of other things, but I’m really proud of that,” Selig said.

Sharkey: “Many people thank you for the Brewers. Who do you thank for helping orchestrate that and come to life?”

“A little boy’s dreams come true:” Bud Selig looks forward to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame
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Bud Selig, 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee