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Rachel Robinson

For Bringing Integrity, Dignity To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited
INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

For Bringing Integrity, Dignity

To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited

Rachel Robinson expresses her thanks on receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Award at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown this afternoon. The widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line, and a philanthropist and ambassador of the game in her own right, was recognized for integrity, dignity and elevating the sport.  O’Neil, who died in 2006, founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., and was part of the movement that led to the inclusion of Negro League players into the Cooperstown Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

INDUCTION IS HERE! But There’s Much More

INDUCTION IS HERE!

But There’s Much More

In this week’s “Induction 2017” Special Edition, get an inside look at former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who will be inducted, and Rachel Robinson, widow of the legendary player who broke the MLB color line, who will receive the Buck O’Neil Award, two highlights of the weekend’s activities. But there’s much more: Court papers give an in-depth look at why a retired Otsego County undersheriff took 73 firearms home that should have been destroyed, and why he escaped without jail time. And reporter Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin tour Damaschke Field, learning why Outlaws owner Gary Laing believes the grandstand must. This and much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins 4th O’Neil Award For Character

Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins

4th O’Neil Award For Character

Rachel Robinson

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors today announced it has selected Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, as the 2017 recipient of the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

She becomes the fourth winner of the Buck O’Neil Award, 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.

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