Nominations Being Accepted for Museum’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award

Previous Winners of Award, Buck O’Neil and Roland Hemond Honored for Enhancing Positive Impact of Baseball on Society, Broadening Game’s Appeal

March 26, 2013
The Buck O'Neil statue on the Museum’s first floor commemorates O’Neil’s contributions to the National Pastime. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – His likeness greets thousands of visitors a week at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, with a smile on his face and a Kansas City Monarchs cap in hand. 

John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil’s legacy lives on everyday in Cooperstown, and the Museum’s Buck O’Neil Award is an unflagging reminder of what its namesake meant to baseball.   

In the spirit of continuing the legacy of expanding the positive influence on the game synonymous with the award’s namesake, the Museum is now accepting nominations for nominees 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. 

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. 

The Award is eligible to next be presented in 2014, as it is presented by the Museum’s Board no more than every three years. Longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond, now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was presented with the Award in 2011.   

Nominations must be submitted in writing, and should detail how the proposed candidate carries O'Neil's extraordinary traits. Nominations are open from the general public, at any time, and 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. 

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