October 12, 2006 12:00 AM
I Have A Dream
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.