SABR Member Roland Hemond Honored With Buck O’Neil Award

Longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond honored with Hall of Fame’s lifetime achievement award.

SABR is proud to share the news that longtime member Roland Hemond has won the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

From the Baseball Hall of Fame on March 22, 2011:

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors has selected Roland Hemond as the second 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.

The Award will be presented to Hemond in Cooperstown on July 23, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2011. Hemond, 81, revolutionized front-office management and strategy during a seven-decade career in baseball, while spending his post-general manager days assisting baseball family members in need.

Hemond is the second 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 has touched the lives of so many throughout the baseball family in his 60-year career, always exemplifying the traits that made Buck O’Neil such a revered figure in our sport’s history,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “The Board’s decision to award Roland with this tremendous honor recognizes the profound impact he has had on the game, for his baseball intelligence as a keen talent evaluator and in building winning teams, to the universal respect he has earned for mentoring generations of baseball executives, past and present.”

The Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Board of the Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at its discretion, though not more frequently than every three years. A permanent, life-size bronze statue of O’Neil is located at the Hall of Fame on the Museum’s first floor and serves as the home for the Award.

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Originally published: February 22, 2011. Last Updated: February 22, 2011.