Royals Birthdays – November 13
Did You Know: This is also the birthday for Kansas City’s greatest baseball ambassador John J. ‘Buck O’Neil, who was born on November 13, 1911 in Carrebelle, FL. Buck played twelve seasons in the Negro League and is most remembered for his time as a player, player/manager and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs. But his debut actually came as a member of the Memphis Red Sox wear he played two games in 1937 before his contract was sold to the Monarchs.
Buck missed two of his prime playing years in service to our country as a member of the US Navy during WWII (1944-45). Though Buck never got the chance to play Major League Baseball he would be the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball history when he joined the Chicago Cubs staff in 1962.
We hear Buck’s voice every day here at the Royals Hall of Fame as he is a key figure in our film about the hitsory of baseball in Kansas City. Plus we see his image each day as his statue sits at the end of the bench in the Dugout Theater – there to meet each and every guest to the Royals Hall of Fame.