If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


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.