On April 28, 2015, Allan H. "Bud" Selig, commissioner emeritus of baseball speaks during an event at the Wisconsin State Historical Society held to welcome him to the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In fall 2015, Selig and Professor David McDonald will co-teach History 600: Baseball and American Society Since World War II. (Photos by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig Teaching Class at UW-Madison in Fall

That’s right; you read the title correctly. Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Allan “Bud” Selig will be teaching a class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall semester.

The class, which he will co-teach with Professor David McDonald, is called “Baseball and American Society since World War II.” The course has of course filled up, with 18 students being admitted this semester after applying to and/or meeting with Professor McDonald.

Selig graduated from Wisconsin in 1956, double-majoring in history and political science. From UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s welcome back letter in April, Selig “has often credited the education he received at UW–Madison with helping him analyze complex situations and make sound decisions in business, as team president and owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, and later commissioner. His success is proof that an educational background in the humanities is outstanding preparation for success in most any field.”

Selig will be writing his memoirs in the George L. Mosse Humanities building as well. He has also taught at Marquette University Law School in recent years.

It’s unclear if this will be the only semester he will be teaching, but I can say that I, as one of the 18 students of the class, cannot wait for it to start. The first class is Tuesday, September 8, and it meets weekly through the end of fall semester.


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