Sunday, October 08, 2006

No tears, please, for Buck

Kansas City Star | 10/08/2006 | No tears, please, for Buck: "No tears, please, for Buck
Fans and friends gather, keeping his spirit of hope and love alive as the news of O’Neil’s death sinks in.
The Kansas City Star

* He meant so much to so many people | video
* Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was his passion | video
* Fans pay respect to their friend | photo slide show
* Sign/view his guestbook
* More stories, photos and videos on Buck O'Neil

The flowers have come from black fans and white, from young and old.

People have come here, to this table in a back corner of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, from all over Kansas City and all over the demographic chart, to say goodbye to their dear friend.

But this is no funeral. No, this is more celebration, if it’s possible to celebrate somberly. Buck O’Neil, right up until the moment he died about 9 p.m. Friday of complications from congestive heart failure and recently diagnosed bone marrow cancer, always made people smile.

He told friends that he hoped nobody would be sad when he died. They tried to keep that spirit.
Buck was truly an ambassador of good will to everyone he met. Meeting him at last November NCSS meeting was a highlight for our teachers. It's really too bad that the politics of the National Baseball Hall of Fame have overlooked him. If any one person could, he personified the Negro Leagues Baseball.

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