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General Information

Name:  Gene A. Budig  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: May of 1939 in McCook, Nebraska


Illinois Connection

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 [ CollegeEdĀ®] a program he believes is essential to urban America.

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