Saturday, October 07, 2006

Buck O'Neil Was Voice for Negro Leagues -

I would be remiss if I didn't stop and say something about the passing of Buck O'Neil. As you can read in the article Buck O'Neil was a player in the Negro League who became a voice of the time when people were barred from playing baseball because of the colour of their skin.

He was featured in the Ken Burn's brilliant miniseries Baseball.
If you ever heard him speak, or listen to an interview he was always a great gentleman and a man who harboured no hatred. His telltale remark of 'uh huh', spoke of his folkiness and his humour. You can listen to him here.

Sadly he didn't make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is what he said: "God's been good to me. They didn't think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That's the way they thought about it and that's the way it is, so we're going to live with that. Now, if I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don't weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful. "

Good night Buck and Good bye.

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