Joe Garagiola wins HOF’s Buck O’Neil Award
Joe Garagiola is the winner of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gives the award to
an individual for efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on
society. The 87-year-old Garagiola will receive the award July 26
as part of Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Following a nine-year major league career that began in 1946,
Garagiola had a long career in baseball broadcasting. He also
founded The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) and the National Spit
Tobacco Education Program.
Garagiola becomes the third winner of the lifetime achievement
award, which was established in 2007.
O’Neil, a Negro Leagues star and the first black coach in the
majors, received it posthumously in 2008, two years after his