Sunday, July 30, 2006

Buck O'Neil

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The first black coach in the major leagues was John "Buck" O'Neil of the Chicago Cubs.

Signed by Chicago as a scout in 1956, O'Neil, who managed the famed Kansas City Monarchs from 1948 to 1955, made major league history in 1962 when he donned his coach's uniform. O'Neil is currently a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee.

[Editor's note: Buck O'Neil will speak on behalf of the deceased inductees to the Hall of Fame at today's ceremonies]

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