JUPITER, FL - Jupiter Stadium, Ltd. in conjunction with the Florida Marlins
and St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that the press box at
Roger Dean Stadium will be named after longtime Palm Beach
sportscaster, Buck Kinnaird.
The announcement was made by Joe Pinto, general manager of the
The unveiling ceremony of the press box plaque will take place
at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the main entrance of the press box. The
Marlins and Cardinals will then play their final Grapefruit League
game at 12:05 p.m.
Kinnaird was a popular television sports personality in Palm
Beach County for over 20 years for WPTV. After enlisting in the
Navy when he was 17 and serving in the South Pacific, he found
himself behind the microphone as the public-address announcer for
the New York Yankees at their spring training facility in Fort
Lauderdale. That led to his WPTV debut in West Palm Beach on March
2, 1962 where he stayed until retiring in 1983.
"On behalf of Jupiter Stadium, Ltd., the Marlins and Cardinals,
we are very pleased to have the opportunity to formally acknowledge
a person who gave so much of his time to help serve our community,
stadium and sports fans for many decades," said Pinto. "Mr.
Kinnaird was a sports legend in Palm Beach County and he loved
baseball, and we're extremely proud to have his name permanently
affixed to our press box."
After Kinnaird retired from TV, he stayed close to baseball. He
served as the scoreboard operator at Roger Dean Stadium for spring
training and Florida State League games from the time the stadium
opened in 1998, until his death in August 2008, at the age of