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Dr. Richard Crepeau
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Once thought to be on the short list of possible successors of Bud Selig as Commissioner of Baseball, Dr. Richard Crepeau is a member of the H-Arete editorial board and Professor of History and Chair of the Department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.

His interests in sport history have been primarily in baseball, intercollegiate athletics and the business of sport. Crepeau is the author of Baseball: America's Diamond Mind, 1919-1941; Melbourne Village: The First Twenty-Five Years; and several articles and reviews in Aethlon, Nine, Journal Of Sport History, Journal Of Sport and Social Issues, The Canadian Journal Of Sport History, as well as a number of non-sport pieces in The Orlando Sentinel and other newspapers. Americas's Diamond Mind is an exploration of the relationship between America's Democracy and its National Pastime, baseball.

Sport Literature is an avocation and a passion for him. He has been doing his radio commentary on WUCF-FM for over five years, and started doing it when he became Department Chair as a form of weekly therapy. He is also a long-standing member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). As with many in Arete he came to the organization through Lyle Olsen whom he saw play for the St. Paul Saints as a child growing up in Minneapolis, MN. Lyle too was a child playing professional baseball.

When Bud Selig finally announced that he was ready to step down after the 2014 season, what was initially an interim gig as Commissioner having turned into a 20-year reign, Crepeau's was no longer among the names bandied around as possible successors.

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"The 1930s also saw an effort to apply the principles of business to baseball, especially in the area of advertising and promotional techniques. The first major breakthrough came in 1933 with the institution of the All-Star Game." - Richard Crepeau in Baseball: America's Diamond Mind (1980)

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