Stat-urday, 6/30/2018

Buck_O'NeilLast week the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center was flooded after vandals cut a water pipe in the building. That got me thinking about O’Neil’s career and legacy. O’Neil played 12 seasons in the Negro Leagues, 11 with the Kansas City Monarchs. He paused his baseball career for military service with the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. After playing and managing with the Kansas City Monarchs, O’Neil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs and later for the Kansas City Royals. In 1962 he became the first African American coach for the Cubs and MLB.

You can check out his baseball-related stats on Baseball Reference. Here is a list of O’Neil’s other accomplishments and honors:

Buck O’Neil’s Awards:

  • 1996: Received honorary doctor of business administration degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business
  • 1998: Named Midwest Scout of the Year for the Kansas City Royals
  • 1999: Awarded Kansas State College Lifetime Leadership Award
  • 2002: Elected to the baseball scouts Hall of Fame
  • 2006: Jersey number retired by the Kansas City T-Bones
  • 2006: Received an honorary doctorate from Missouri Western State University
  • 2006: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in recognition of his “excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field.”
  • 2007: Awarded the first annual MLB Beacon of Life Award at the inaugural
  • 2007: The Kansas City Royals established the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program to “to remember the impact of Buck O’Neil and to honor those who are so vital to our communities.”
  • 2008: Awarded the first-ever National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum introduces the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individuals “whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society, broadened the game’s appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O’Neil.”
  • 2012: Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians

Statues, Bridges, Buildings, and Other Things Named in Honor of Buck O’Neil:

Happy Stat-urday!

 ~ baseballrebecca


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