Former Chicago White Sox general manager Roland Hemond will be awarded the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
The prestigious award is given out by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and is given to “an individual whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society, broadened the game’s appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O’Neil in his life and career in baseball,” the White Sox said in a statement.
Hemond was the general manager of the White Sox from 1970-1985 and was named the Executive of the Year in 1972 and in 1983. His 1983 White Sox clinched the American League West crown by 20 games, then a record for the largest division-winning margin. Hemond also served as an executive advisor to current general manager Ken Williams from 2000-07.
“When you read a description of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award – character, integrity, dignity, extraordinary efforts and positive impact – you truly are reading a description of Roland Hemond,” said Jerry Reinsdorf in a statment. “No one in baseball is more deserving of this honor, so it is very appropriate that Roland follows Buck as the second recipient.”
The O’Neil award cannot be given out more than once every three years.
A White Sox press release contributed to this report.