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Leo Pinckney

Leo Pinckney


Pinckney served as a sportswriter for the Auburn Citizen for 37 years. In 1958, he spearheaded a successful fundraising campaign to get Auburn's city team into the New York-Penn League. Buoyed by the community's enthusiastic response, he convinced the New York Yankees to sign on as the fledging club's Major League affiliate.
Pinckney served as the Auburn Yankees' first president and was later named the president of the New York-Penn League, a position he held from 1984 until 1992. The 1998 recipient of Minor League Baseball's prestigious "King of Baseball" award, Pinckney was a tireless advocate for the sport he loved. One of the league's 3 divisions is named in his honor.