Former Negro Leaguer O'Neil dies

Updated: October 18, 2006, 8:25 AM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Buck O'Neil, a batting champion in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first black to serve as a major league coach, has died. He was 94.

The beloved national figure as the unofficial goodwill spokesman for the Negro Leagues died Friday night in a Kansas City hospital, eight months after he fell one vote short of the Hall of Fame.

O'Neil was admitted Sept. 17 with what was described as extreme fatigue. He also had lost his voice. Bob Kendrick, marketing ...

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