Jefferson City, Mo. July 11, 2017 (STL.NEWS) Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced a program highlighting the life of Buck O’Neil. The program will feature Micah Gall, speaking about his new book, “Buck O’Neil: Baseball’s Ambassador.” The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of the secretary’s office, on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.
When Buck O’Neil began his professional baseball career in the late 1930s, African Americans were not allowed to play in the major leagues. He instead signed a Negro Leagues contract and played the majority of his career with the Kansas City Monarchs, even serving as the club’s player-manager for several seasons. Following his time with the Monarchs, O’Neil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs, rising through their system to become Major League Baseball’s first African American coach in 1962. During his later years, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, one of Missouri’s true treasures. Despite these accomplishments, he is most remembered by those who knew him for his gracious and giving spirit. Throughout his life, O’Neil was one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors, devoting himself to helping other players achieve greatness and promoting the game he loved.
Please join us as Micah Gall discusses the research that went into “Buck O’Neil: Baseball’s Ambassador,” the book he co-authored with his father, Jeff Gall, as well as how O’Neil’s story provides important insights into our national pastime and a life well-lived.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or [email protected]