But later on, when Selig was announced and introduced, the reaction was more of a mixed bag. Mild boos, polite applause and pockets of standing ovations. That potpourri of reaction is a solid metaphor for Selig's reign as commissioner. Certainly, in Milwaukee, he is ovation-worthy -- not just as the franchise owner and the face of the effort to return baseball to Brew Town after the Braves left in the 1960s, but also because the changes to the economic structures of the game he advocated for helped level the playing field for markets like their own.
A $ billion industry in 1992, the game’s annual revenues had grown to $9 billion by the time Selig left office in early 2015. He worked tirelessly to create revenue sharing policies that would benefit all teams, recognizing early in his tenure as commissioner that the game was growing and that all teams should benefit. In 2005, he launched the Commissioner’s Initiative on Sustainable Ballpark Operations, becoming the first professional sports league commissioner to create an initiative dedicated to promoting responsible environmental stewardship, which has now become standard practice in sports leagues throughout the United States and the world.
The sponsoring body of the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame is the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association, IHSBCA, which has served the baseball coaches of Indiana since 1971. The first inductions were in July 1979, and as of 2015 there are currently 184 inductees in the hall of fame in four categories: pro-player, coach-manager (high school, college, pro), contributor and veteran. The veteran is selected by a committee of retired or long-time coaches. All other inductees must receive 65% of total votes cast by IHSBA member coaches.