Remembering Buck

Though John “Buck” O’Neil, the Kansas City Monarchs All-Star and manager (and Negro Leagues Hall of Famer), had a successful
career outside Kansas City — semipro with
the Miami Giants, scout and then manager for the Chicago Cubs — it was his time here that
cemented the Buck folklore. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum celebrates the legend with Buck’s Bash on what would have been his 99th birthday. (He died in 2006.) The celebration includes a 2.2-mile (Buck’s jersey number was 22) walk/run that begins at 8 a.m. at 19th Street and the Paseo and ends with a free tour of the museum. Registration for the walk/run is $25. At 5:30 p.m., sports celebrities and others will gather for a reception in the atrium of the museums at 1616 East 18th Street. KC’s own high-energy jazz band Darryl Terrel/Jabon and the R&B act One Way will keep the party going at the Gem Theater, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59 or $39 for
just the show. Call 816-221-1920 for more
information.— Anthonia Akitunde

Sat., Nov. 13, 2010