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Former Brewers owner, MLB commissioner Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-04 19:23:28-05

The man who brought baseball back to Milwaukee and fought to keep it here will receive enshrinement in 2017 in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A committee of past Hall of Fame inductees, writers and executives have chosen Bud Selig to join the Hall this upcoming summer in Cooperstown, New York.

Selig, a young baseball fan growing up watching the Milwaukee Braves, led the charge to bring baseball back to the city after the Braves left for Atlanta.

He bought the Seattle Pilots, a struggling year-old franchise, in March 1970 and moved it to Milwaukee, where it has remained.

His most proud on-field accomplishment came with the Brewers' 1982 World Series appearance, where they came within mere innings of winning a championship.

His biggest off-field success game in the fight to keep the team in town and the construction of Miller Park, the team's home for the last 16 seasons - one which has the Brewers staying through at least 2030.

He became acting commissioner of baseball in 1993 while remaining the team's owner, but divested of his ownership when he took over full time in 1999.

During his tenure, the game endured the PED scandal in the 1990's, the loss of the 1994 World Series due to labor strife and a tie game in the 2002 All Star Game in Milwaukee.

However, he also expanded the playoffs to 10 teams, added interleague play, oversaw three strike-free labor agreements, and grew the sport to its greatest revenue streams and attendance in history.

Selig is the 11th man with a connection to the Milwaukee Brewers or Braves to make the Baseball Hall of Fame. The others:
- Hank Aaron
- Rollie Fingers
- Eddie Mathews
- Paul Molitor
- Phil Niekro
- Warren Spahn
- Don Sutton
- Joe Torre
- Bob Uecker
- Robin Yount