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Today In Brewer History: Change At The Top

On this day in 1998 Major League Baseball announced that Bud Selig would officially become the game's ninth commissioner. He had been filling the job on an interim bases for nearly six full years before the move was made permanent.

At the time, however, Selig was also still the owner of the Brewers. To avoid conflicts of interest, his share of the team was placed in trust. Selig's daughter and longtime Brewer employee Wendy Selig-Prieb was named CEO of the franchise following his departure.

Selig-Prieb would go on to oversee some of the darkest days in franchise history as the team averaged just 69 wins during her seven seasons at the helm. They set a franchise record with 106 losses in 2002 and finished last in the NL Central in each of her last three years. She was also, however, a key figure in the construction of Miller Park.

Selig-Prieb left the team around the same time it was purchased by Mark Attanasio. She's no longer involved in baseball, although her father is still commissioner and her husband (Laurel Prieb) is an MLB executive.

Today is also the 12th anniversary of Tyler Houston's three homer game as the Brewers beat the Tigers 10-3 in 2000. We covered that event in this space last year.