11/13/2007 2:55 PM -
Today, November 13th, marks the 96th birthday of the late Buck O’Neil. The Kansas City and baseball legend passed away on October 6, 2006. Mr. O’Neil’s impact on the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, and the game itself was immeasurable. His infectious enthusiasm for the game, especially at the independent league level, made him an icon among all baseball fans.
His efforts and accomplishments were finally recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in late October, with the creation of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will honor an individual whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball's positive impact on society, has broadened the game's appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O'Neil; he will also be the first recipient. Along with the award, plans were announced to erect a statue in the Hall, placed in a prominent location.
"Buck touched every facet of baseball, and his impact was among the greatest the game has ever known," said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Hall of Fame. "The Board recognizes this impact Buck had on millions of people, as he used baseball to teach lessons of life, love and respect. His contributions to the game go well beyond the playing field. This award will recognize future recipients who display the spirit Buck showed every day of his life."
Checks should be made out to
The Buck O’Neil Research and Education Center