Base­ball leg­end O’Neil dead

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buck O’Neil, base­ball’s charis­matic Ne­gro Leagues am­bas­sador who barn­stormed with Satchel Paige and in­ex­pli­ca­bly fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame, died Fri­day night. He was 94.

Al­ways pro­ject­ing warmth, wit and a sunny op­ti­mism that some­times seemed sur­pris­ing for a man who lived in a cli­mate of racial in­jus­tice for so long, O’Neil re­mained re­mark­ably vig­or­ous well into his 90s. He be­came as big a star as the Ne­gro League greats whose sto­ries he trav­elled the coun­try to tell.

O’Neil, a good-hit­ting, slick-field­ing first base­man, barn­stormed with Paige in his youth, twice won a Ne­gro Leagues bat­ting ti­tle, then be­came a pen­nant-win­ning man­ager of the Kansas City Monar­chs.

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