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Buck O’Neil: Baseball’s Ambassador
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7 p.m.

Book cover: Buck O'Neil Baseball's Ambassador

When Buck O’Neil began his professional baseball career in the late 1930s, African Americans were not allowed to play in the major leagues. He instead signed a Negro Leagues contract and played the majority of his career with the Kansas City Monarchs, even serving as the club’s player-manager for several seasons. Following his time with the Monarchs, O’Neil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs, rising through their system to become Major League Baseball’s first African American coach in 1962. During his later years, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, one of Missouri’s true treasures. Despite these accomplishments, he is most remembered by those who knew him for his gracious and giving spirit. Throughout his life, O’Neil was one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors, devoting himself to helping other players achieve greatness and promoting the game he loved. Educator Micah Gall will discuss the research that went into Buck O’Neil: Baseball’s Ambassador, the book he co-authored with his father, Jeff Gall, as well as how O’Neil’s story provides important insights into our national pastime and a life well lived.

Programming at the Missouri State Archives is free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Emily Luker at (573) 526-5296 or emily.luker@sos.mo.gov.