Welcome to thebaywatch.com, my new and official website. I began my love affair with sports as a young boy in Waukegan, Illinois, where I played all kinds of games with my brothers, in our yard. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, coached by my father for many years, and went on to wrestle at the University of Michigan.
After graduation, I joined the coaching ranks and then embarked on a 25-year "adventure" of a career in sports administration. After I retired, I knew I wanted to share more of that adventure with other sports lovers, so I have written and just published my first book, From the Buckeyes to the Bronx, and created this website.
The experiences I had were often humorous, sometimes contentious and always unforgettable. I hope that you will be entertained with my stories about famous (and some infamous) people, teams and schools, and perhaps I will inspire a new generation of students to pursue a career as a sports executive. I invite you to send me your comments and suggestions, and look forward to hearing from you.
- Rick Bay
Top Photo: In his office at the University of Michigan Alumni Association,
Rick shares the newspaper report of his hiring by the University of Oregon as the new Athletic Director.
From The Buckeyes To The Bronx is Rick's new book, his memoir of three of his most interesting and challenging positions as a Sports Executive.
The book opens at the University of Oregon, Rick's first job as Athletic Director, where bingo during basketball games was necessary to raise funds and the track and field program grew to international prominence.
Rick next takes the reader to The Ohio State University, one of the best known sports programs in the country. As a "Michigan man" in Buckeye territory, Rick must first establish himself with fans and followers. He does just that and more, building a tremendous program, until a national, public controversy ends his tenure.
Finally, Rick invites the reader to join him in the inner sanctum of, perhaps, the most celebrated of sports organizations ever: The New York Yankees. For a chaotic and stressful, but fascinating 100 days, Rick worked for the late George Steinbrenner as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Rick's experience had its ups and downs and there was never a dull moment.