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Buck O'Neil Honored

Finally!

One of the game's most beloved ambassadors, Buck O'Neil, was posthumously honored by the Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in his memory.

O'Neil, a Negro Leagues star and the first black coach in the majors, fell two votes shy of induction into the Hall of Fame during a special election in February 2006. He died last October at age 94.

"His impact on the game has been enormous," commissioner Bud Selig said. "He's now in Cooperstown where he belongs."

Why they didn't do this while he was alive is a complete travesty.  But at least they finally did it.