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Selig, Bud

Selig, Bud (Allan H. Selig), 1934–, American baseball executive, b. Milwaukee, grad. Univ. of Wisconsin (1956). After serving in the army, he inherited his father's car dealership, invested in other businesses, and became (1963) the largest public shareholder in the Milwaukee Braves. After selling his shares when the Braves moved (1966) to Atlanta, he led a group that in 1970 purchased the Seattle Pilots, which became the Milwaukee Brewers; Selig became team president. In 1992, following Fay Vincent's resignation as baseball commissioner, Selig, who had opposed Vincent as chairman of the Major League Baseball (MLB) executive council, became acting commissioner and subsequently served (1998–2015) as commissioner. In 1994, during a players' strike, he canceled the World Series. He oversaw expansions of MLB, the reorganization of the leagues, modifications of the schedule (including the introduction in 1997 of interleague play), and the introduction of routine drug testing and instant replay. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

See his memoir, For the Good of the Game (2019).

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