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October 12, 2006 12:00 AM

I Have A Dream

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The passing of Legendary Negro League star Buck O'Neil will leave a tremendous void in the sports world. Not only has the game lost a star but the history of the Negro Leagues have lost a spokesman and a link to its past. O'Neil deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. He should have been there long ago. Now is the time. There is a tremendous book about the Negro Leagues called the Shades of Glory. I suggest you buy it. The men who played there, like O'Neil, Josh Gibson and the great Satchel Paige should be forever remembered for their contributions to the game and for the opportunity that eluded them. Don't ever tell me about the greatness of Babe Ruth. He never faced the likes of Paige and the great pitchers of his era that spent their careers segregated from the rest of baseball. The fact that those players were never given that chance ,sadly, is another chapter of American history that should have never been written. And it is why the legends of the Negro Leagues must be esteemed with the Major League stars of baseball's yesteryear. At least that part of history is not beyond correction.



Discussion

  • October 12, 2006

    10:55 AM

    mw in KC writes:

    Thank you for the fantastic tribute. Those of us in KC who have been lucky enough to meet Buck have been truly blessed. The Hall of Fame vote was simply insulting and embarrassing for the game.

    Readers: if you should make it to KC sometime and have an afternoon to spend, a trip to the Negro Leagues Museum will be well worth the time.

    Go Broncos and Avs!

  • October 12, 2006

    2:40 PM

    Jeff Dial writes:

    While I understand what you're saying, I disagree when you say not to talk about the greatness of Babe Ruth. I think it takes away from the fact that he was a truly great baseball player of that time. However, I stand in full support of the tribute you are paying to Mr. O'Neil.

    I had the priviledge of meeting Mr. O'Neil a year or two ago in Tampa. He was a true gentleman and I was honored to meet him.

    That said, there is no doubt in my mind that the legends of the Negro Leagues deserve just as many honors for their accomplishments as others in Cooperstown, and I hope to see greater exposure of this great, yet little-known aspect of American history.

  • October 14, 2006

    12:21 AM

    Tom writes:

    Dead on. I fail to see why MLB hasn't already done this DECADES ago. When will the people with the power to change the ugly face that is professional sports get off their tails and just DO SOMETHING honorable and just.
    It's not that difficult, damn it. Just grow a pair and DO IT. Simple. Enough of this "Oh, well....hmmm....should we? Oh, well...hmmm...." Get the picture BUD??????? Get off your lazy behind and DO THE CORRECT THING. It's not as if you have anything better to do as Commish. Tell me one good thing that Selig has done since ascending to his post that has been for the good of the game. This would be a start, eh?
    Thank you Drew, for this fine tribute to a GREAT MAN who was likely not even known to most sports fans.

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