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Ballstars Presents Baseball Legend Buck O’Neil With Commemorative Ball

Legendary baseball great Buck O’Neil was presented with a Ballstars commemorative baseball in recognition of a lifetime career that spanned more than 50 years during a State Farms Legends Luncheon at the Madrid Theatre in Kansas City.

O’Neil played briefly for the Memphis Red Sox, but his real achievements took place while he played for the Kansas City Monarchs, as part of the Negro American League. Except for a two-year tour with the U.S. Navy from 1944-45, he had an uninterrupted career. After retiring as a player, O’Neil was a manager for the Monarchs from 1948 to 1955 and sent more Negro League veterans to the white Majors than any man in baseball history. He went on to work for the Chicago Cubs as a scout. Later he became the first African-American coach in the Major Leagues with the Cubs where he remained for 33 years. He is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and also is the chair of the Negro League Baseball Museum Board of Directors.

Ballstars is a sponsor of the State Farms Legends Luncheon, which is a summer lecture series where O’Neil is a regular participant. “At 94 years of age, Buck is a living legend,” notes BallStars. “He is an excellent communicator and as charismatic as ever. He tells wonderful stories of playing against Babe Ruth and others during luncheons such as these as well as television programs such as ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘David Letterman.’”

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