Buck O’Neil was a first baseman and manager in the Negro American League, mostly with the Kansas City Monarchs. After his playing days, he worked as a professional scout and became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball by the Chicago Cubs in 1962. After his professional career, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum honored the legacy of Buck with the creation of The Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to honor individuals whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society.
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