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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gene A. Budig  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: May of 1939 in McCook, Nebraska

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Budig served as president of Illnois State Univerisity in Normal, Illinois from 1973 - 1977.

Biographical and Professional Information

A recognized academic leader and writer, Gene A. Budig is the distinguished professor and senior presidential advisor of the College Board in New York City. As the head of three major state universities, Illinois State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Kansas, he was responsible for the educational programs of 520,000 students. Budig served as president of Major League Baseball's American League (1994-2000) and oversaw a period of historic growth in attendance and physical facilities. He is now co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees who play in the South Atlantic League.Over the course of his varied career, Gene A. Budig has also served as a professor, a major general in the Air National Guard and a newspaper man. One can safely assume that Budig has met his share of interesting and inspiring people. ''In Grasping the Ring'' , he selects nine from this great array of individuals and offers candid biographical sketches of these compelling characters. Though they are very different, George Steinbrenner, Larry Doby, Tom Osborne, Roy Williams, Gale Sayers, Jerry Reinsdorf, Bob Kerrey, Al Neuharth, and Bob Dole are all exceptional people whose achievements and faults have captured the national interest. Budig writes ''Grasping the Ring'' as an insider whose acquaintance with these individuals enables him to ask the kinds of penetrating questions that make these stories intimate, honest, and revealing. Budig contributs all royalties from his book, Grasping ''the Ring: 9 Unique Winners in Life and Sports'', to support [http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/planning/collegeed CollegeEd®] a program he believes is essential to urban America.


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Titles At Your Library

Grasping the Ring II: Nine People who matter (Grasping the Ring, Volume II)
ISBN: 0979842069

New-Gazette. 2009

Professor Gene Budig tells the personalized stories of nine exceptional Americans - people who knew what they wanted in life and followed difficult paths to achieve their admiral ends. In this sequel to his earlier book, Grasping the Ring, Budig profiles Rachel Robinson, Bill Veeck, Bob Costas, Gene Autry, Bob Gibson, Billy Beane, Jerry West, Stan Kasten and Bud Selig.

Grasping the Ring: Nine Unique Winners in Life and Sports
ISBN: 0803226357

Bison Books. 2009

Over the course of his varied career, Gene A. Budig has served as a professor, the president of the American League of Major League Baseball, the head of three major universities, a major general in the Air National Guard, a newspaper man, and co-owner of a Minor League Baseball team. One can safely assume that Budig has met his share of interesting and inspiring people. In Grasping the Ring, he selects nine from this great array of individuals and offers candid biographical sketches of these compelling characters. Though they are very different, George Steinbrenner, Larry Doby, Tom Osborne, Roy Williams, Gale Sayers, Jerry Reinsdorf, Bob Kerrey, Al Neuharth, and Bob Dole are all exceptional people whose achievements and faults have captured the national interest. Budig writes Grasping the Ring as an insider whose acquaintance with these individuals enables him to ask the kinds of penetrating questions that make these stories intimate, honest, and revealing.

INSIDE PITCH AND MORE: BASEBALL'S BUSINESS AND THE PUBLIC TRUST
ISBN: 0937058858

West Virginia University Press. 2004

The Inside Pitch and More: Baseball’s Business and the Public Trust, written by former American League President Gene Budig, investigates the human and corporate sides of our nation’s pastime. Throughout the course of this book, the author systematically engages the myriad concerns of Major League Baseball, past, present, and future.

In The Inside Pitch and More, baseball’s economic prosperity is examined, as well as issues that hinder and threaten that perpetuity. Lately, baseball has been increasingly menaced by the popularity of other athletic venues - basketball, football, etc. Budig goes through the proposed methods of revitalizing the game of baseball. He emphasizes the need for a reevaluation of the relationship between the sport and its fan base so that the baseball will resume its role as America’s favorite pastime.

Based on his six years as president of the American League, Budig has composed a fascinating book, which is written to be enjoyed by the casual baseball fan as well as the serious student of this sport or sports management in general. The book is unique in that it is the first work to really dissect the sport of baseball by a retired high-ranking official with a wealth of information on the subject.

A Game of Uncommon Skill: Leading the Modern College and University (American Council on Education Oryx Press Series on Higher Education)
ISBN: 1573565563

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2002

College and university presidents are shrouded in mystique, balancing consensus-driven leadership with bottom-line business. Grappling with the needs of trustees, students, parents, academic staff, and public policy makers, today's college and university presidents and chancellors face substantial―and risky―challenges. Here, Budig shares his insights with disarming clarity and candor. His broad experience elucidates the 'uncommon skills' required to survive, and prosper, in the little-taught and rarely understood profession of university leadership.