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November 10, 2011

Orioles to honor Buck O'Neil on Sunday

The Orioles will hold a ceremony Sunday to honor Negro leagues pioneer Buck O’Neil at their minor league facility in Sarasota, Fla.

O’Neil, who died in 2006, would have been 100 years old Sunday. The star first baseman and manager spent part of his childhood in Sarasota, home to the Orioles’ Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. O’Neil, who went on to scout and coach in the major leagues, worked to preserve the history and promote awareness of the Negro leagues.

The Orioles will unveil three illustrated baseball cards of O’Neil created by artist Gary Cieradkowski, whose works honor Negro leagues players who never had cards of their own. The O’Neil cards have been displayed at the minor league complex. An honorary plaque will also be hung at the main entrance to the complex’s administrative building.

Sarasota County commissioners Carolyn Mason and Joe Barbetta will also proclaim Sunday Buck O’Neil Day in Sarasota.

Here are the three O'Neil cards, courtesy of the Orioles.

Posted by Steve Gould at 4:45 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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Nothing says honoring a great baseball player like a ceremony in mid-November! I get that it's his birthday, but wouldn't it have been better served to wait until Spring when the Orioles are in town and this might get more attention? But then knowing how to properly manage public relations has not been the Orioles or Greg Bader's strength anyway.

What time is the ceremony?

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1 p.m. on Sunday

Hope this improves the O's image in Sarasota after all the bad press about taking the kids fields, no Ripken academy, wanting more money again and no minor league team. Being here for one month and Ed Smith being empty for 11 does not help. The O's presence is not positive right now, they need to turn it around. It is embarrasing.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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