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The commissioner and his quest

Bud Selig's legacy depends on bringing African-Americans back to baseball

Updated: April 15, 2010, 10:26 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Bud Selig is staring down a challenge, one more profound than the hunt for a reliable urine test to detect HGH. On the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut at Ebbets Field, Selig is trying to recruit the young African-American athlete away from the country's basketball courts and football fields.

Start with the business end of the proposition. As a commissioner, Selig wants the best of the best in his sport. Like any right-minded CEO, he wants to draw gifted employees ...

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