Ex-Negro Leaguer digs in at All-Star game

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Sep 1, 2005

Ex-Negro Leaguer digs in at All-Star game

O'Neil, 94, leads off top- and bottom-half of 1st inning after trade

Updated: 7:02 p.m. PT July 18, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - 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.