Selig is currently visiting the Brewers as part of his farewell tour. He will retire in January before being replaced with commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.
Selig was born in Milwaukee and used to be a minority owner of the Brewers. He is the one who moved the team to Milwaukee after they started out as the Seattle Pilots. In 2010, a statue of him was unveiled outside Miller Park.
“The uniform number being retired in the commissioner’s honor is significant, as the existence of the Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park are a direct result of the commissioner’s vision. Without his tireless efforts, neither would be a reality," said principal owner Mark Attanasio.
The Brewers said that the planned ceremony is the first "in a series of initiatives that the Brewers have planned" to honor Selig.
- Molly Geary