Don Buford was born on February 2, 1937. He graduated from Dorsey High in 1955 and starred in baseball and football. He has accomplished many things such as becoming a LACC football All-Star, making history at USC as their first Black baseball player and he Won the College World Series, coached by Rod Dedeaux. Don played in MLB as an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and was in 3 World Series, winning the Championship in 1970. Buford has played, coached and managed baseball all his life and has contributed tremendously.
While managing the Urban Youth Academy, Buford partnered with Compton Empowered and organized a baseball game between the Bloods and the Crips. This game did a lot to bring peace in the community.
Don Buford and Doug Takaragawa started the Educational Sports Institute, teaching baseball and life skills to Compton Unified School District students. Don Buford will be honored by City Pride Magazine and Compton City Councilman Jonathon Bowers at the Black History Month Lifetime of Excellence Awards on February 3rd at the LA Crystal Hotel Ballroom.