Gene Budig, Last President of the American League, Dies at 81

Gene Budig, the soft-spoken former chancellor of the University of Kansas who in 1994 became the final president of baseball’s American League, died on Tuesday at his home in Charleston, S.C. He was 81.

His wife, Gretchen Budig, said the cause was complications of fatty liver disease.

Dr. Budig (pronounced BYOO-dig) did not expect to be the last to hold his position (nor did Leonard Coleman Jr., his National League counterpart). The job, which included supervising umpires, disciplining…

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