Nominations Being Accepted for Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award
First O’Neil Award Bestowed Upon its Namesake in 2008
COOPERSTOWN, NY – His likeness greets thousands of visitors a week at the Baseball Hall of Fame, with a smile on his face and a Kansas City Monarchs cap in hand.
John Jordan O’Neil’s legacy is alive in Cooperstown, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Buck O’Neil Award is an unflagging reminder of what its namesake meant to baseball.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is now accepting nominations for the Buck O’Neil Award. The award honors an individual whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball's positive impact on society, broadened the game's appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O'Neil.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone, to the Hall of Fame, at any time, in writing, and should detail how the proposed candidate carries O'Neil's extraordinary traits. Nominations may be submitted to: Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Only submissions received by mail will be considered.
Created in 2007 to honor the contributions of a man who spent eight decades in baseball, the Buck O’Neil Award was first presented in 2008 to O’Neil as a tribute to one of the game’s great ambassadors. The award, bestowed by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors not more frequently than once every three years, is symbolized by a life-sized statue of O’Neil – created by nationally renowned sculptor William Behrends – on the Museum’s first floor along with glass-panel etchings commemorating O’Neil’s contributions to the National Pastime.
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