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Sports executive and author Rick Bay began his love affair with sports as a young boy in Waukegan, Illinois. His early play, coupled with the lessons taught by his father, a coach, helped Rick to become an outstanding three-sport athlete in high school. At the University of Michigan he continued his stellar athletic performance as a Big Ten wrestling champion. Using his skills and experience as Michigan's wrestling coach earned him the title of National Coach of the Year in 1974. He left the coaching side of sports in 1974 and embarked on a 25-year career as an executive with some of the most recognized and prestigious college and professional sports organizations in the United States. He served as Athletic Director at the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University before moving to the famed New York Yankees as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Following his work with those organizations, he moved to the University of Minnesota, where he was Athletic Director, and then to the Cleveland Indians as President and Chief Operating Officer. He ended his career at San Diego State University, retiring from his post as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2003. In 2008, he was named to the All-Time Illinois High School Wrestling Team and in February, 2010, was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In June, 2010, he was elected to the National Athletic Directors' Hall of Fame. A man of many interests and still an active fitness buff, Rick ran the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes. He as traveled the world and visited such remote places as Rwanda, Burma, Laos, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuban and North Korea. His recent trips have taken him to Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan. He is also a patron of the cultural arts. Rick is a collector of contemporary art and enjoys attending opera and ballet performances. He has also attended professional theater productions of all 37 plays written by Shakespeare.
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Rick Bay's memoir serves as a reminder that in intercollegiate athletics the games are not always played on the field. His various roles as athlete, coach and administrator shed light on the variety of interests that must be served by sports administrators. Individuals, whether major donors, ego centered administrators, coaches and players all demand recognition and are often so self- obsorbed that one easily forgets that in the case of universities their purpose is education. At least in the case of the Yankees, ultruism is legitimately replaced by economics.
Whether Wolverine, Duck, Buckeye or Yankee, Bay's challenges seem pecurily constant as he moves from one role to another. The reader soon realizes that Michigan's Don Canham, Oregon's Bill Bowerman, Ohio's Ed Jennings or the Yankee's George Steinbrenner share a common bond of assumed and legitimate self-importance.
Bay himself does not fail the ego test, but more often finds himself the victum rather than the perpretator. Whether his sometimes adversarial relationship with Michigan's Athletic Director Canham or his often humorous relationship with the Yankee's Sreinbrenner, Bay weaves his way through such challenges with savvy and his own considerable sense of humor.
Few people in the world of sports have the range of experience exhibited by Bay ; Chief Operating Officer of New York Yankees, President of the Cleveland Indians, athletic director at University of Oregon, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota and San Diego State University. All of this is prefaced by his NCAA wrestling championships as a student athlete and his Big Ten championships as a highly regarded wrestling coach at his alma mater Michigan.
Alumni of all of the universities thst Bay's travels have touched will relish the inside look at sports from a unique and insightful first-hand experience. Told with candor and verve, the reader will not only be wiser and entertained, but will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that this well written book was actually written not by a ghost writer, but by one that can be proudly called a jock.
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Rick Bay writes from a breadth of experience which truly is extraordinary.Read more