Tuesday, March 27, 2007

MLB Honors Contributors to Both Baseball and Civil Rights

From the MLB.com website:

Major League Baseball could mount a "Thanks a million, Buck" campaign. To do so, it would have to stand in line behind the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which beat everyone else in paying tribute to its late chairman.

But Buck O'Neil will soon get his due.

On Saturday, Major League Baseball will pay homage to Buck for his contributions to America's national pastime. He will be one of three recipients of its inaugural Beacon Award in Memphis, Tenn.

Commissioner Bud Selig, NAACP chairman Julian Bond and a star-studded lineup of baseball and political dignitaries will present Beacons to Buck, filmmaker Spike Lee and Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente.

The award honors people's contributions to civil rights and reflects their historical ties to baseball. People who knew Buck said he contributed as much as anybody else in history to both.

Click here to read the MLB.com story, "O'Neil to receive Beacon Award."

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