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Bell featured at Legends Luncheon

Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat Program

Buddy Bell has less than a month left as the Royals manager before he steps down and accepts a role in the club's front office. But before he hangs up his cleats for the season, Buddy is stepping out in the community once again as a guest at the September State Farms Legends Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The Royals skipper joins former Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter as guests at the monthly luncheon series, which is presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, State Farm Insurance and the Royals Radio Network. It marks the second time in two seasons that Bell has been a featured guest at the luncheon.

"We are thrilled to have Buddy back as a guest of the State Farm Legends Luncheons," said Tony Wrisinger, play-by-play Sales Specialist for the Royals Radio Network. "He has done a great job as the skipper of the Royals and the baseball fans that attend the luncheons will enjoy the opportunity to thank him for the leadership and professionalism he demonstrated on and off the field representing the Kansas City Royals."

Jersey While fans enjoy a lunch catered by the Peachtree Restaurant, Bell and Carter will field questions about their experiences in baseball from luncheon co-hosts Al Fitzmorris and Willie Wilson, both former Royals players, as well as from the fans attending the fifth and final luncheon of the season.

The two will also be the final guests to autograph a one-of-kind Negro Leagues baseball jersey that will be raffled off during the September luncheon. The jersey already includes autographs from the nine previous guests -- including Mike Norris, Milton Bradley, Royals Hall of Famers Frank White, Freddie Patek and Dennis Leonard, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Royals rookie Brian Bannister, Bert Blyeven and former Royals player and manager John Wathan -- as well as Fitzmorris and Wilson. Fans may still purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the jersey.

The Legends Luncheon, held at the Madrid Theater on 3800 Main St., in Kansas City, Mo., is wrapping up its eighth season. This season -- the first without Buck O'Neil, who passed away in October 2006 -- proceeds from the Legends Luncheons benefit the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center. Tickets for the final luncheon of the season are $25. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to noon with the guest panel beginning at noon. To purchase tickets, fans may call the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 816-221-1920.