October 9, 2006
Very few people outside of Kansas City (or sports junkies) have probably ever heard of Buck O'Neil. Buck played with Satchel Paige, against Babe Ruth, and saw many other baseball greats. He was part of the Negro Leagues.
I heard Buck O'Neil speak a few years ago at a Pastor's Christmas banquet. He was witty and spry; not at all hindered by 92 years of age. I only hope to be half as active when I am that age.
Buck was a great man. He missed induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by 1 vote (which is outrageous). His work in the field of baseball and civil rights is outstanding.
He will alway be remembered.