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Buck O’Neil | 1911-2006

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EVER THE AMBASSADOR: Buck O’Neil, the popular former Kansas City Monarchs player and manager who appeared in a minor league All-Star game at age 94, has been the subject of lobbying efforts to include him in the Hall. (Buck O’Neil Collection)
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With lipstick on his cheek from greeting fans, Buck O’Neil stands for the National Anthem at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel / AP)
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Buck O’Neil stands with a statue of himself at the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Since 1990, he’s been a tireless fundraiser and goodwill ambassador for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. (Charlie Riedel / AP)
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Buck O’Neil walks to the field as he is introduced before a minor league all-star game. (Charlie Riedel / AP)
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Buck O’Neil is greeted by Kansas City Royals legends from left: Willie Wilson, Amos Otis and George Brett before the AT&T Legends Game at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City. (Mike Ransdell AP/The Kansas City Star)
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Buck O’Neil managed Jackie Robinson with the Kansas City Monarchs and says there were better players in the Negro leagues. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
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John “Buck” O’Neil talks about the Negro League at the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Jim McKnight / AP)
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O’Neil was resting comfortably Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, after being hospitalized over the weekend. The 94-year-old O’Neil was admitted to a hospital Saturday after complaining that he didn’t feel well, said Bob Kendrick, a friend who also is marketing director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. (Chris Cummins / AP)
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