Saturday, October 07, 2006
Remembering Buck O'Neil
Tip of the cap to baseball ambassador Buck O'Neil, who died yesterady at age 94.
One of the joys of my job is that sometimes you get to be in places where you meet some incredible people. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Mr. O'Neil twice -- you can read about it here -- and he was an amazing gentleman.
We have to put up with a lot of jerks in baseball. Once in a while we run into someone like O'Neil who reminds you about all the good things. A lot of people were angry that O'Neil wasn't among the Negro League players and leaders selected for the Hall of Fame this year. He fell one vote short, and it's a sign of his graciousness that he was on hand in Cooperstown to help induct the 16 men and one woman enshrined this summer.
It certainly would have been an honor for him to be included. But I don't think we're going to need a plaque to remember Buck O'Neil.