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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.