chancellor's book looks at America's favorite pastime
KU Chancellor Gene Budig has written a book that skillfully
addresses several pressing concerns facing Major League
The Inside Pitch
and More: Baseball's Business
and the Public Trust investigates baseball's economic
prosperity and the major threats to its long-term health.
Budig, who served as American League President from
1994 to 2000, examines decreasing attendance rates and
the problem of divergent incomes amongst the various
teams. He places the emphasis on the need for reevaluation
of the relationship between the sport and its fan base,
noting a growing animosity caused by the perception
that professional baseball players are greedy and self-promoting.
Budig served as KU's chancellor from 1981 to 1994 and
his book contains some names and references familiar
to Jayhawks. Prior to his tenure at KU, he also headed
Illinois State University and West Virginia University.
Most recently, Budig was has been a professor at Princeton
University from 2000 to 2002, when he left to become
a Scholar in Resident at the College Board in New York.
Budig has pledged royalties from book sales to the
National Commission on Writing in America's Schools
and Colleges, an initiative of the College Board to
place greater emphasis on writing in the classroom.
Both Budig and David Shulenburger, KU provost and executive
vice chancellor, serve on the commission.