Pat O’Conner Honored for Diversity Efforts in Baseball

Since taking over as Minor League Baseball‘s president in 2007, Pat O’Conner has strived to diversify what has historically been a homogeneous industry.

These efforts were formally recognized on Wednesday morning, with the announcement that O’Conner has been named the recipient of this year’s Selig Mentoring Award.

This annual honor was established in 2007 by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, which is comprised of the 15 minority athletic directors currently helming Division 1-A sports programs. The award is named in recognition of commissioner Bud Selig, who has dedicated himself to creating equal employment opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. Previous recipients include Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and Vince Dooley, former president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.


FAMU’s All-Star Hall of Famer

FAMU Alum Andre Dawson has been elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dawson received 420 of 539 votes in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. Dawson was an eight-time All-Star, has 8 Gold Gloves, was the 1987 NL MVP, was the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year, and was 1 of 3 players of all time with 400+ home runs and 300+ stolen bases.

Dude’s game was awesome.

Born: July 10, 1954 in Miami, FL
High School: Southwest (Miami, FL)
School: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1975 amateur draft.
Debut: September 11, 1976
Final Game: September 29, 1996
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2010 (420/539 ballots).