National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Dedicates Allan H. ‘Bud’ Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners

New Research Location Honors Office of the Commissioner at Hall of Fame Library

August 18, 2011
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig chats on the phone in the new Center dedicated in his name. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Cooperstown has long been recognized as the home for the game's greatest players, managers, umpires and executives, as well as the repository for the history of baseball told through millions of artifacts, documents, photographs and more spanning more than two centuries.

Cooperstown will also now be forever celebrated as the archival home for the Office of the Commissioner following the Wednesday night unveiling of the Allan H. "Bud" Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, during the Owners' Meetings.

"The Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners will ensure a permanent home for the documentation and preservation of the Office of the Commissioner's contributions to baseball history," said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Board of Directors. "This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of the importance of the Office of the Commissioner, and its role in shaping and advancing the National Pastime for nearly a century."

The new, permanent addition to the Hall of Fame Library features a private research space that celebrates the role of the Office of the Commissioner and pays tribute to the nine Commissioners who have guided Major League Baseball since Kenesaw Mountain Landis was named the game's first Commissioner in 1920.

The Center features historical documents from important moments in the tenures of Baseball's nine Commissioners, along with a conference center and work space for research and archival study. Photos of each of the nine Commissioners are highlighted in the exhibit, along with several artifacts pertaining to the Commissioner's contributions, including Bowie Kuhn's desk and the Commissioners Trophy presented to the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees.

"I am deeply touched by the dedication of the Allan H. (Bud) Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, an institution I revere," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Two of the great passions throughout my life have been baseball and history, and this new space will celebrate the game's unparalleled tradition and provide dignitaries and scholars with remarkable resources to complement their research about our great game. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank Jane Forbes Clark, Jeff Idelson and everyone at the Hall of Fame for this extraordinary honor."

Research materials related to the Office of the Commissioner are accessible through the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library. The Giamatti Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with advance appointments required by calling 607-547-0330.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Library features nearly three million volumes, including 500,000 photos, 14,000 hours of recorded audio and video and a file for every player who has appeared in a major league game.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.