Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy
Compton, California (2007)
Mr. Don Buford, Director, Majot League Baseball Urban Youth Academy was the first African-American to play baseball at the University of Southern California under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux. In 1958 he played on the Trojans’ College World Series champions. He was also a running back on the USC football team. Buford is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In 2008, Buford was inducted into the International League Triple A Hall of Fame. In 2001, Buford was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1993, Buford was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. He broke into the majors as an infielder for the White Sox who played both second base and third base. In 1966 he stole a career-high 51 bases (one fewer than the American League leader, Bert Campaneris) and led the AL in sacrifice hitswith 17, while establishing himself as one of the league’s top leadoff hitters. In 2006, Buford was the manager of the Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League. He had also served on Frank Robinson‘s coaching staff with the Orioles, San Francisco Giantsand Washington Nationals. In October, 2012 Don Buford, Sr. accepted a new position managing Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. The academy focuses on baseball and softball training and education and is free to participants.