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Old 07-19-06, 02:29 PM
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94 Year Old Pro Baseball Player

No, it's not from The Onion:


Buck O'Neil walks to the field. O'Neil, a
former Negro League player, signed a
one-day contract with the Kansas City
T-Bones making him the oldest pro-
fessional baseball player at 94.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil never got a free pass in life.

The grandson of a man brought to this continent a slave, O'Neil moved to Kansas City to avoid racial persecution in the Deep South. He played baseball during an era of segregation, and earlier this year was denied entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a special 12-member panel. It figures that on Tuesday night, when the 94-year-old O'Neil stepped into the batter's box during a minor league all-star game, nobody could quibble over an intentional walk. Except maybe O'Neil and a few thousand fans.

"I just might take a swing at one," he said before Tuesday night's Northern League all-star game.

Leading off for the West in the top of the first inning, O'Neil argued with the umpire after the first pitch from Kansas City T-Bones pitcher Jonathan Krysa sailed high and was called a ball. After another high pitch that narrowly missed his head, O'Neil took a called strike before being walked, as planned.

O'Neil ambled to first base, then took a lead off the bag as if he were going to stay in the game before being pulled for a pinch runner.

After the top of the inning, T-Bones owner John Ehlert announced that a trade had been brokered to bring O'Neil to the T-Bones, allowing him to also lead off the bottom of the inning.

In his second at-bat, O'Neil took three balls - all of them high and greeted with a chorus of boos from the crowd - before swinging at a pitch and almost spinning off his feet. Possibly lost in the novelty of the inning, the umpire gave him two more balls before sending him down to first base with his second walk of the night.

The T-Bones signed O'Neil to a one-day contract, making him the oldest man ever to play professional baseball. He surpassed 83-year-old Jim Eriotes, who struck out in a minor league game in South Dakota earlier this month, by more than a decade.
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are you sure this isnt rickey henderson?
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I saw this thread and assumed that today was Julio Franco's birthday.
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And the Royals picked him up after the game and he's starting at 2B tonight.
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Yankees just signed him to a 10 year $120 million contract... Cashman said "he will add depth to the roster and shouldnt make as many errors as A-rod
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*checks thread for diamondback jokes*
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guy should be in the HoF already
Old 07-19-06, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by LurkerDan
guy should be in the HoF already
Absolutely. First African American player in the AL? What the hell is taking so long?
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He was taking HGH when he entered the league so there's a lot of controversy.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
He was taking HGH when he entered the league so there's a lot of controversy.
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Absolutely. First African American player in the AL? What the hell is taking so long?
Actually you're thinking of Larry Doby who is already in the Hall. O'Neill was the first black coach ever hired by a MLB team and he should most certainly be inducted.
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I'd put one in his fuckin' ear if he tried to crowd the plate.
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Buck O'Neil is a legend of the game, and I think he will definitely get in the Hall - it's just a matter of time. Listening to his passion for the game in his interviews in Ken Burns' Baseball...it gave me goosebumps.
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Watching him trot to first base sort of gave me goosebumps, in a Field Of Dreams/The Natural/I'm guy-who-loves-baseball kind of way....
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I have a question, what were his statistics as a manager? I don't mean to say this in a derogatory way, or sound offensive to anyone, but the Hall is based on merit and if he didn't succeed as a manager than I find it wrong to enter him into the hall before others.

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