Heads up, baseball fans: Bud Selig talks baseball (via Zoom) this Tuesday with Eagle's Howard Herman
Bud Selig helped guide Major League Baseball through choppy waters in the 1990s and 2000s, first as chairman of the MLB executive council, and then for 16 years as baseball commissioner.
But, above all else, Selig, who was inducted into National the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, remained a fan of the game.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and The Berkshire Eagle will host Allen H. "Bud" Selig in a talk, "For the Good of the Game: A Conversation with Former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. This installment of The Eagle's Conversation Series will take place via a Zoom video call.
Co-sponsored by Berkshire Bank and Berkshire Gas, the conversation is free and open to the public, but people must sign up at BerkshireOLLI.org or by calling 413-236-2190.
"Bud loves baseball. I don't know if there are that many people in the game who love it as much as Bud does," said Jeff Goldklang, the owner of the Pittsfield Suns and whose family has a stake in the New York Yankees.
"In the aggregate, he did move the game forward," said Goldklang. "I think he was an asset to baseball."
Selig's memoir, "For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball," was on The New York Times bestseller list, and has just come out in a paperback edition.
In a review of the book, originally published last year, longtime baseball commentator Bob Costas had this to say: “This in-the-trenches memoir provides us with Bud’s full take on the controversies, regrets, and many significant achievements that marked the tenure of one of sports most consequential commissioners.”
Selig was instrumental in getting the Seattle Pilots to move to Milwaukee in the wake of the Braves' move to Atlanta. Selig was part of the Brewers' ownership group when the Brewers played in the 1982 World Series.
He was named chairman of the MLB executive council, a de facto commissioner, after the owners voted to remove Fay Vincent as commissioner in 1992.
In between that decision and his becoming permanent commissioner July 9, 1998, Selig helped navigate the sport through the 1994 players' strike, which forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
Selig's 16 years as commissioner ranks second all time, behind only Kennesaw Mountain Landis.
During those 16 years, Selig presided over expansion, the start of interleague play, the addition of two wild card teams to the playoffs, a stadium construction boom that resulted in nearly two dozen parks being built, the restructuring of the American and National leagues into three divisions, and the retirement across baseball of Jackie Robinson's No. 42.
In his Hall of Fame biography, Selig said the game is the most important thing.
“I learned that the best interests of the game are the most important thing,” Selig said.
“They transcend my best interests, your best interests and everybody else’s.”
Howard Herman can be reached at email@example.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.
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