Saturday, October 07, 2006

HONOR DUE: Buck O'Neil (94); 13 November 1911 - 6 October 2006

See Wikipedia's excellent write up on this sports gentlemen ... TOO BAD TODAY'S PROFESSIONAL BLACK ATHELETES DON'T SEE HIM AS A ROLE MODEL.

A Kansas City icon and Negro Leagues Baseball star died tonight.
Not a Hall of Famer yet ...
O'Neil was a member of the 18-member Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee from 1981 to 2000 and played an important role in the induction of eight Negro League players during that time. O'Neil was nominated to a special Hall ballot for Negro League players, managers, and executives in 2006, but he failed to receive the necessary 75% to gain admission.

After hearing that he had not been elected to the Hall at age 94, O'Neil spoke to about 200 well-wishers who had gathered to celebrate, but instead stood hushed and solemn, telling the crowd:
God's been good to me. They didn't think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That's the way they thought about it and that's the way it is, so we're going to live with that. Now, if I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don't weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful.
Now that is a class act, and role model for any young man, black, white, yellow, brown, or chatruese, who wants to be great in the eyes of both man and God!

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OTHER: FoxNews4 Kansas City

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