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From One Presidency to Another

Sep 18, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

Nussbaum was a four-year Monogram winner, patrolling center field and leading the Irish in batting average during the 1973 season.

It’s only been five months since he passed the gavel to Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming), but past president Dick Nussbaum (’74 & ’77, baseball) is already set to assume a new presidency.

With the Midwest League Championship Series wrapping up last week (where the South Bend Silver Hawks were unfortunately swept by Quad Cities), Nussbaum will take over for longtime league president George Spelius, who is retiring after more than a quarter-century of service.

Nussbaum, who is an attorney in South Bend, had previously been the Class-A league’s vice president, secretary and legal counsel, and Spelius could not imagine a more fitting successor.

“No. 1, Dick is a baseball person, and he loves the game of baseball,” Spelius told Curt Rallo of the South Bend Tribune. “I think he’ll be a very, very good president. Sometimes leagues will get someone who is a nice guy, but he doesn’t have any experience. Dick has been with me for 15 years. He’s the perfect person for the job. I wish the best for him.”

From leading the Monogram Club and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, to serving on the Board of Trustees and working with the St. Joseph County Drug Free Council, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more active member of the University and local communities than the former Irish center fielder.

To read the rest of Rallo’s article, click here.

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