There aren’t many people out there as knowledgeable and dedicated to baseball as Buck O’Neil was. This iconic Negro League participant and unwavering advocate devoted his entire life to the sport, starting as a player and ending as a pillar of the baseball community, with many prominent roles in between. Now, John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 24, commemorating his everlasting impact on one of America’s most beloved sports.
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A Look Back on the Many Achievements of Buck O’Neil
Buck O’Neil kicked off his baseball career barnstorming with fellow Black baseballers before signing with the Memphis Red Sox in 1937. The following year, his contract was sold to the KC Monarchs, where he spent the rest of his playing career. While with the Kansas City Monarchs, Buck was a 3-time All-Star and became a Negro World Series champion in 1942. A few years later, he was named player-manager for the Monarchs, helping guide them to two pennants.
Once the Negro League disbanded around the 1950s, Buck O’Neil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs, signing several big names along the way. Eventually, the Cubs hired him as a coach, making him the first Black member of an AL/NL coaching staff. After this gig, Buck spent the rest of his life telling stories of the Negro Leagues and helped establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
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