Garagiola will receive the O’Neil Award during the Hall’s annual Awards Presentation on July 26 in Cooperstown. His honor will be part of the 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend.
“Joe Garagiola has spent eight decades in and around baseball, and has enhanced the lives of so many fans and players,” Hall Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a media release. “He has promoted the positive impact of baseball on society and embodies the spirit of the Buck O’Neil Award. The Board is recognizing Joe’s character, integrity and dignity; and his countless hours of tireless work with B.A.T. and the Spit Tobacco Education Program, for the sole benefit of those in need of assistance and education.
“He gained national fame as a broadcaster who went beyond baseball to use his celebrity platform to make a difference for others,” she continued. “We are extremely honored to present him with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Hall accepts nominations for the award through written submissions via mail at any time. The next O’Neil Award is eligible to be presented in 2017.