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Buck O’Neil bridge to cost $220M

The first renderings of the new Buck O’Neil Bridge have been released by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The project’s design-build contractor, Massman-Clarkson, expects construction to begin this fall on the $220 million-dollar project. The Missouri Department of Transportation released renderings of the new Buck O’Neil Bridge Tuesday. Earlier this...
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Teacher writes children's book about baseball legend Buck O'Neil

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — If your child doesn’t know the story of Negro Leagues baseball legend John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil, a teacher in Overland Park is hoping to change that. Kristy Nerstheimer is a teacher with the Shawnee Mission School District. She was so inspired by Buck O’Neil's on-field accomplishments...
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Teacher writes children's book about Buck O'Neil

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An author is releasing a children's book about Buck O'Neil, a man near and dear to Kansas City. It's called "The Greatest Thing: A Story about Buck O'Neil." The writer said she believes the spirit of the late baseball legend needs to live on for future...
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Chicago Cubs celebrate Black History Month with a limited-edition collection of shirts and hoodies honoring Ernie Banks, Buck O’Neil

In celebration of Black History Month, the Chicago Cubs have teamed up with Chicago artist Nikko Washington to launch a limited-edition collection of hoodies and T-shirts honoring the accomplishments of two Black American ballplayers, Buck O’Neil and Ernie Banks. The collection includes the brushed fleece Legends hoodie that features silhouettes...

“Never learned to hate” – Negro Leagues icon Buck O’Neil served with the U.S. Navy in WWII

The late Buck O’Neil has ascended to icon status in the annals of professional baseball following his days as a player, scout and coach. He further distinguished himself by helping preserve the history of the days of segregated professional baseball through his instrumental role in the establishment of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Buck O’Neil was always on time

By the time Buck O’Neil’s playing career was through, Major League Baseball had only been integrated for two seasons. O’Neil played in parts of 11 seasons from 1937 to 1949 broken up by military service in the Pacific theater of World War II. Like many Negro Leagues players, O’Neil had the talent to play in the whites-only major leagues, but he was never given an opportunity to do so. When asked if had any regrets about his apparent misfortune, O’Neil’s response was: “Waste no tears for me. I didn’t come along too early—I was always right on time.”

Chicago Cubs’ new apparel to honor bond between Buck O’Neil and Ernie Banks

Cubs to Scout College Campuses. That was the headline in the Chicago Defender, the Black-owned newspaper, when Buck O’Neil was signed to the National League team as a scout in 1955. The lovable losers hadn’t been to the World Series in a decade, but the former Negro Leagues All-Star and manager was getting ready to make an indelible mark on the North Side. Three seasons later, a young kid named Ernie Banks, who joined the team in 1953 and was the Cubs’ first Black player, went on to win two straight MVP awards, and the rest is history.