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Voices from Buck O'Neil's Memorial Service

Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver remembers Buck O'Neil.
Photo by Laura Ziegler
Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver remembers Buck O'Neil.

By Sylvia Maria Gross

Kansas City, MO – Flags flew at half staff throughout Kansas City and Missouri in honor of John Jordan Buck O'Neil over the weekend. The baseball legend was a star hitter and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs and the first African American coach in the major leagues. Buck O'Neil was remembered Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in a public memorial service, hear some excerpts from Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, who hosted the program, Ernie Banks, film-maker Ken Burns, Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and an original composition by Danny Cox.

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