JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KFVS) – From a poor child growing up in racially segregated Florida, to Major League Baseball's first black coach, to a leading advocate for African-American baseball history, Buck O'Neil was an inspiring figure.
Friends and admirers appeared before a House of Representatives Committee on Thursday to request a day honoring him in Missouri.
A House resolution would set aside Nov. 13, which would have been O'Neil's 100th birthday, as a day to honor the a man who spent most of his playing days on the Kansas City Monarchs and was instrumental in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
"His stardom grew and he leveraged it to help establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Kansas City," said Raymond Doswell, curator of the museum.
Doswell also said, "And although his own bid to become a Hall of Famer fell flat, he continued to speak and advocate for Negro League history until his last breath."