Phillies owner David Montgomery to be honored with 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award

From the Baseball Hall of Fame on March 5, 2020:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors has selected David Montgomery as the 2020 recipient of the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society.

Montgomery, who passed away on May 8, 2019, will be honored with the Award at the Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 25, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2020.

Montgomery becomes the fifth 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. Roland Hemond (2011), Joe Garagiola (2014) and Rachel Robinson (2017) are the other previous winners of the O’Neil Award.

Montgomery became a Philadelphia icon while spending his entire career in baseball, spanning parts of five decades, devoted to the Phillies, working his way up from the sales office to become executive vice president and chief operating officer before acquiring an ownership stake in the team. He later served as president, chief executive officer and then assumed the role of chairman in January of 2015.

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Originally published: March 5, 2020. Last Updated: March 5, 2020.