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Buck O’Neil | 1911-2006

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)
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)
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)
Buck O’Neil walks to the field as he is introduced before a minor league all-star game. (Charlie Riedel / AP)
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)
Buck O’Neil managed Jackie Robinson with the Kansas City Monarchs and says there were better players in the Negro leagues. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
John “Buck” O’Neil talks about the Negro League at the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Jim McKnight / AP)
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)