A $100,000 gift from the Colorado Rockies’ baseball organization in honor of Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig will support student scholarships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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“Doc Sobey,” as Dr. Sobey Okuyama was called, never married and had no children but he thought about future generations and wanted his money to go where it would do the most good. His wishes have been fulfilled, perhaps beyond his imagination.
Allan H. “Bud” Selig often talks about how he views the decisions he makes as the commissioner of Major League Baseball in the light of history. Now he has made a gift to endow the Allan H. Selig Chair in History at the University.
Adrian Burgos, professor of history in the Department of African American, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Latino/a Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the first Selig Distinguished Lecture in Sport and Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Thursday, Jan. 27.
A favor that a coach did for young Richard Sierzant (’67 BS EDU) is being repaid through an athletic scholarship endowed through the alumnus’ will.