The late Buck O'Neil, a Kansas City and baseball legend, would be celebrating his 100th birthday on November 13, 2011. His stellar baseball career, from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, spanned seven decades and covered the full spectrum — player, manager, scout and barrier-breaking coach — to make him one of the leading authorities on the sport. But it was his tireless and passionate work to build the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) — along with a charismatic personality and compassionate spirit — that endeared him, to not only Kansas Citians, but a legion of fans worldwide.
Born the grandson of a slave, Buck would become a change agent for equality and social justice while giving voice to a history that had been forgotten. In tribute to this inspiring figure, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is hosting a city-wide celebration that culminates on November 13: Buck's 100th birthday.
In conjunction with the Buck O'Neil Centennial Celebration, the NLBM has launched a $100-for-100 campaign to benefit the NLBM and the future Buck O'Neil Education & Research Center. The Royals encourage fans to support the cause by making a donation of $100 and help the NLBM reached its campaign goal of $100,000.
In addition to the $100-for-100 campaign, the Buck O'Neil Centennial Celebration is set to include a number of special events as well as community and educational programming.
To support the $100 for 100 campaign or to learn more information on the Centennial Celebration, please visit www.nlbm.com.
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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was incorporated in 1990 and is located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri's Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew "Rube" Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.
The NLBM has become an internationally-acclaimed attraction and one of the most important cultural institutions in world for preserving and illuminating a piece of baseball and Americana that had escaped the pages of American history books. In July of 2006, the NLBM gained National Designation from the United States Congress earning the distinction of being "America's National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum."