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“David grew up in a home filled with humility and love. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was an accountant, and also a minister. They were both kind, hardworking people. And they were devoted to their lone child. With the help of a small amount of money for his grandfather, they sent David to the William Penn Charter School, the oldest Quaker school in the world. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, another Quaker institution where he earned a degree in history, and then graduated from Penn's Wharton School.
“Philadelphia was founded on Quaker values, and is known as the City of Brotherly Love. And those same values deeply influenced David throughout his life. The guiding principles for Quakers are simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. It is quite remarkable that those same qualities are what make individuals worthy of consideration for the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will celebrate the inductions of Class of 2020 members Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker. The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network.
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum