Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig receives the Legends Award at the Milwaukee Fellowship Open

Bud Selig received the Legends Award at the annual golf outing the Fellowship Open on Friday.

He joins the ranks of previous recipients including Willie Davis, Herb Kohl and Hank Aaron.

\"There are not many people I have more respect for than Henry Aaron,\" Selig told CBS 58 News. \"We've been friends for 57 years. So, there's a lot of meaning and I'm very honored.\"

The Fellowship Open said the selection of Bud Selig, a product of MPS and UW graduate, was for his ability and success in the business of baseball. But, also for his work in the community. His work on inclusion and using the sport to help children and schools.

Selig recalled the tough decisions he's had to make when it comes to substance abuse and the controversy over keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame.

\"When you make decisions you have to do what's best for the sport. They may not be popular. But, you have to do that and I'm proud today the sport has never been more popular.\"

In his honor, a special portrait was commissioned by a local artist. It will be displayed at the offices of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

With the 15th annual event, the Fellowship Open is well on its way to surpassing the $1 million dollar mark in raising money for local programs with a proven track record of success in reaching at risk youth.

Part of the day at the Silver Spring Country Club was spent having kids in those programs meet prominent business leaders and well known sports figures from LeRoy Butler to UW Milwaukee Basketball Coach Rob Jeter.

Many of the young people who volunteered in the early days have gone on to earn college degrees and still come back to the event every year to pay it forward.

There are several video clips attached of CBS 58 Anchor Michele McCormack's chat with Selig.

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