{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["hall_of_fame" ] }

Garagiola unable to make trip to accept O'Neil Award

|
Garagiola unable to make trip to accept O'Neil Award play video for Garagiola unable to make trip to accept O'Neil Award

Joe Garagiola appreciates the sentiment but will not be able to make the journey.

Garagiola, named in December as the third recipient of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, announced Tuesday that he will not be able to accept the award in person. Garagiola had previously been expected to attend Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., to accept his award.

But Garagiola, 88 years old, has been advised by his doctors not to travel. The longtime executive announced Tuesday that he will not attend the ceremony as part of an official press release.

"My doctors have advised me not to travel long distances, so it is with great sadness that I will not be present in Cooperstown over Hall of Fame Weekend," he said. "I am grateful to the Hall of Fame Board of Directors for this tremendous honor, named for one of the game's greatest ambassadors."

O'Neil was honored as the first recipient of his namesake award in 2008. Roland Hemond was the second recipient of the award in 2011, and Garagiola, the founder of the Baseball Assistance Team, is just the third winner of the award.

O'Neil has been honored with a life-sized bronze statue in the Hall of Fame's first floor, and the award in his honor is presented by the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame. The award can only be distributed once every three years, and it goes to an individual whose efforts have broadened the game's appeal.

Garagiola, who played in the Majors for nine seasons, helped found the Baseball Assistance Team and the National Spit Tobacco Education Program. Garagiola will accept the O'Neil Award via video statement as part of the Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 26, at Doubleday Field.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["hall_of_fame" ] }
{"event":["hall_of_fame" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español