MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Major League Baseball commissioner and former Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig was honoured by the baseball club on Tuesday with the unveiling of a statue in his honour outside Miller Park.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a remarkable and emotional day for me and my family," Selig admitted at the ceremony. "In many respects, I see it as a tribute to a lifetime of service to my sport, state and community ... You have no idea how deeply touched I am and how honoured I am."
Selig's countenance stands outside the stadium alongside two other Brewers greats -- Hall-of-Famer, former Braves and Brewers slugger Hank Aaron and longtime Brewers great Robin Yount.
Selig, a Milwaukee native and one-time car dealership owner, had a minority interest in the Milwaukee Braves until the club moved to Atlanta prior to the 1966 season.
While actively pursuing a major-league franchise for his city, his ownership group eventually plucked the Seattle Pilots from the verge of bankruptcy prior to the 1970 campaign, and relocated them to Milwaukee just before the start of the year.
"We are proud to honour commissioner Selig for all of his efforts on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball," said Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio before the unveiling. "The Brewers and Miller Park are in this city because of the commissioner's vision and dedicated efforts."
Under his watch, the club grew from expansion also-rans to 1982 AL East champions, along with a trip to the World Series that year against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He became acting commissioner in place of Fay Vincent in 1992, and finally achieved full-time status at the post in 1998.
While in office, he was instrumental changing revenue rules in baseball -- that eventually led to the construction of Miller Park, which opened in 2001 and replaced the decades-old County Stadium that hosted the Braves when they relocated from Boston in 1953 as well as the Brewers.