Allan H. “Bud” Selig
Commissioner of Major League Baseball
4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge
702 Langdon Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Allan H. “Bud” Selig (’56 BS L&S), the ninth commissioner of Major League Baseball, will deliever the annual Robert Taylor Lecture, this year entitled “Talking Baseball: The Challenges of Communicating in Turbulent Times.”
Selig is the former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers professional baseball team and is credited with bringing baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970. He became acting baseball commissioner in 1992 and officially assumed the post in 1998.
Selig earned his UW-Madison degrees in history and political science. In 2010, he established the Allan H. Selig Chair in History at the UW-Madison.The Selig chair will support a new faculty position focusing on teaching and research related to the development of professional sports in their larger national and social contexts. Selig announced his plan to retire in 2012 and return to UW-Madison to write his memoirs and to create a legacy in his chosen field of history.
The lecture honors Robert Taylor, a longtime SJMC professor, former chief public relations officer for the university and a one-time university vice president, who died in 2002 at age 86. His widow, Judith, provided funding for the regular event, which started in 2007.