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Legislation #: 061147 Introduction Date: 10/12/2006
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Recognizing John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil on the occasion of his death and declaring Saturday, October 14, 2006, as “Buck O’Neil Day”.

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10/12/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/12/2006 Adopted

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Recognizing John Jordan Buck ONeil on the occasion of his death and declaring Saturday, October 14, 2006, as Buck ONeil Day.


WHEREAS, the great Buck ONeil was a standout first baseman and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs from 1937 to 1955. Many years later, ONeil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs, and signed future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Lou Brock to their first major league contracts. ONeil was the first African-American coach in the Major Leagues, and he was certainly a driving force in preserving the history of the Negro Leagues. As cofounder and chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Buck ONeil did more than anyone to see that the stories of the Negro Leagues great players are not forgotten; and


WHEREAS, John Jordan Buck ONeil now belongs to the ages, but while he was alive, he was a treasure. Famous for his ability on the baseball field as player, coach and scout, Buck ONeil never expressed bitterness at the racism that kept black ballplayers from playing in Major League Baseball. He never complained about the wrongs of the past. Even this year, when he was not chosen for the Hall of Fame, ONeil was probably the only person in Kansas City who wasnt angry about this affront. In fact he said Shed no tears for Buck. I couldnt attend Sarasota High School. That hurt. I couldnt attend the University of Florida. That hurt. But not going into the Hall of Fame, that aint going to hurt me that much, no. Before, I wouldnt even have had a chance, but this time I had that chance. I was on the ballot, man. Just keep loving old Buck.; and


WHEREAS, Kansas City loved Buck ONeil, a man who gave so much to the great game of baseball. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is just one part of Bucks legacy. Perhaps the greater legacy is the genuine goodness and grace that marked his life. Buck ONeil will be long-remembered as a great ambassador for the game, and we are all better for having known him; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize John Jordan Buck ONeil on the occasion of his death and declaring Saturday, October 14, 2006, as Buck ONeil Day; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that copies hereof be presented to representatives of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in token of the sadness felt by the Mayor, Council and all citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, on this occasion.