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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:05 pm
 


On a sad note:

Buck O'Neil passed away today at the age of 94. Buck was one of the greats of the old Negro Leagues, playing with such legendary stars as Satchel Paige.

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O'Neil became the first black coach ever hired by a major league team when he was signed by the Cubs in 1962. From 1948 through 1955, he managed some of the finest Kansas City Monarch clubs, leading them to five pennants and two Black World Series. He managed East-West all-star teams in 1951-54. Among his players were more than 20 future major leaguers, including Ernie Banks, Elston Howard, and Hank Thompson. O'Neil had been an excellent clutch hitter and a top first baseman. He led the Negro National League with a .353 batting average in 1946, then hit .333 with two home runs in the BWS. O'Neil was the first officially recognized black coach ever hired by a major league team.


http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...ONeil_Buck.stm

Buck became famous when he was featured in Ken Burns' documentary Baseball. He was a great story teller and will be missed. RIP.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:18 am
 


Buck was such a great ambassador to the game. Watching the Ken Burns documentary, one couldn't help but see his pure love of the game beaming from him. His whole life was baseball and he simply loved every moment of it. It's a shame that he was never inducted into Cooperstown during his lifetime, it would have been such a fitting tribute to a gentleman above all others. His passion and perspective will be sorely missed.


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