You know Allen H. “Bud” Selig – the guy who brought Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee and who is now Commissioner of MLB … he’s also an Emeritus Director on the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. He’s been on the board for the past 23 years in one form or another, having been appointed back in 1990.
Well, I was recently pointed by an acquaintance to an article from the July 1990 edition of The Packer Report that details the election of Selig to the board and describes one of Selig’s treasured telegrams he keeps close … one from Vince Lombardi that congratulates him on bringing baseball back to Milwaukee. At the time, he had it framed and hanging on the wall of his office. The note of his treasure might indicate Selig’s allegiance to the Packers …
At the time, Selig joined the 45-members board which was approved at the Packers Corporation’s annual meeting.
Brought on by Packers President Bob Harlan, Selig figured to be very helpful at the time in keeping the Packers’ presence in Milwaukee, especially if the Brewers were to build a new stadium.
Well, the Brewers did indeed build Miller Park, but it was much too late for the Packers who pulled out of Milwaukee in the mid-1990s and decided to play all their home games in Green Bay.
Here’s what Harlan had to say in the article about the Packers-Brewers-Selig relationship: “This organization for many years has had an outstanding relationship with the Brewers. We have treasured that and want to maintain that. I think this action shows not only the respect we have for Bud and the contributions he can make as a member of our board, it shows the relationship between the Packers and Brewers is always going to be top-notch.”
While the article quotes Harlan and Selig in-depth with the usual platitudes, it isn’t until the final paragraph that one’s eyebrows raise.
Here is what was written:
“Media members who regularly cover the Brewers were surprised to hear Selig talk about the [Lombardi] telegram. Beat writers indicated it is common knowledge in the Brewer press box that Selig is a Chicago Bear fan.”
Calls to Selig’s office for comments about this fact went unanswered (OK, so I didn’t call, but I really didn’t expect Bud to return my call). Either way, if Selig’s allegiances were to the team to the south, it didn’t make a difference. The Packers have dominated the Bears in the 1990s and 2000s, so if any secrets were being relayed by Selig, it wasn’t working.
It’s just interesting that the members of the media who might have contact with Selig haven’t bothered to question him on this fact. Maybe he’s turned to the right side after all these years of serving on the Packers Board.
One would only hope.