MILWAUKEE — My first introduction to Bud Selig was at the 1975 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, at a time when — what else was new? — the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball was in a bit of turmoil. I was there as a reporter for the wire service United Press International, not so much to cover the All-Star Game but the palace intrigue: Charlie Finley, the cantankerous and confrontational owner of the Oakland A’s, had formed a bloc of four American League owners who were determined to oust Bowie Kuhn as commissioner. The night before the vote on Kuhn was to take place, I was with my boss, Milton Richman, the longtime, highly respected UPI columnist, at Milwaukee’s renowned German restaurant, Karl Ratzsch’s, where many of the owners were having dinner. On our way out the door, Richman spotted Selig sitting at a table with friends. “I want you to meet Bud Selig,” Milton said to me. “He’s not like most of these other owners. He really loves the game. That’s why I like him.” As it turned out, two of Finley’s “Dump Bowie” owners, Brad Corbett of the Texas Rangers and George Steinbrenner of the Yankees, were persuaded… Read full this story
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