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Our October Author Interviews--10/4 Wendy Tyson, 10/11 Marilyn Levinson, 10/18 Earl Javorski, 10/25 Linda Lovely. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

October Saturday Guest Bloggers: 10/7 Mark Bacon, 10/14 Elaine Orr, 10/21 WWK's Margaret S. Hamilton, 10/28 Kait Carson, and E. B. Davis 10/31 to fill out our fifth Tuesday.

WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla! Look for Carla's blog this month to find out the winner.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Buck O'Neill Legacy Seat


If you attend at Kansas City Royals home game, you might notice the attention given to the person sitting in section 101 Row C Seat 1.  You might also notice that the seat is red while all other seats in the stadium are blue.  That seat is the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat. 

Following his death at age 94 in 2006, the Royals established the seat the next season which is given to someone who, by his or her involvement with community activities, “embodies the spirit” of John Jordan, “Buck” O’Neil. 

Buck was a beloved figure in Kansas City.  He worked tirelessly to get players from the Negro Leagues admitted to the Major Leagues Baseball Hall of Fame.  He promoted the Negro Leagues Museum located in the city.  Buck played managed and coached in the Negro Leagues. He was the first Black coach in the Major Leagues.  As a scout he signed Lou Brock and Ernie Banks.  He was awarded many honors in and outside of baseball including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

However, listing his many accomplishments does not do justice to the man.  Buck experienced discrimination because of his race throughout his life.  Although he was delighted when players from the Negro Leagues were admitted to the Hall of Fame, he was nominated but not admitted.  These experiences did not change the joy with which he lived.  Buck was always ready with a smile and a story.  His positive outlook endeared him to the people of Kansas City.  Even when his health declined he only admitted that he got tired easily.  He continued to represent Negro League players and baseball in general with enthusiasm. 

Since his legacy seat was established, it has been occupied in every home game. I think he would be proud of how he is remembered.

Do you know someone who shows joy in how he or she lives? 


Kait said...

Buck sounds like someone I am sorry I never had a chance to meet. What a wonderful legacy. What a wonderful role model.

KB Inglee said...

What a nice way to honor someone.

Kara Cerise said...

What a nice tribute to an honorable man, Warren. It's refreshing to hear about an athlete who is a true role model.

Gloria Alden said...

He sounds like a remarkable man. Both my father and my brother enjoyed life to the fullest, but they didn't play sports.