The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors has selected Joe Garagiola as the recipient of the 2014 John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society.
The sward will be presented to Garagiola in Cooperstown at the awards presentation on Saturday, July 26, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014. Following a nine-year major league career that started in 1946, Garagiola, 87, has dedicated his life to helping others in the game, through his role in founding two organizations to impact baseball in a positive manner: The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) and the National Spit Tobacco Education Program.
Garagiola, who has broadcast games for the Diamondbacks for 15 years (58 overall) before retiring after the 2012 season, becomes the third winner of the Buck O’Neil Award, which was established in 2007 to honor an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game. O’Neil was honored as the first recipient of the award in 2008. Longtime executive Roland Hemond was honored with the second Buck O’Neil Award in 2011.