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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

John "Buck" O'Neil Center

 
 
John "Buck" O'Neil Center Mural Text image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 4, 2016
1. John "Buck" O'Neil Center Mural Text
Inscription.  

This Building was originally constructed as the Paseo YMCA which opened in 1914 to provide Kansas citians of color a place that would specifically allow them a public or private multi-purpose facility serving as a meeting place for community oriented social gatherings, a transi[en]t living quarters, a recreational center promoting activities e[n]hancing youth athleticism and religious ceremonies.

In 1920, the YMCA was host to a significant event in American history. The Negro National Baseball League was created in this building. Now this edifice is renamed the John Buck O'Neil Center. "Buck" as he was afectionally [sic - affectionately] called was a significant figure in Negro League Baseball. He played with numerous teams across the country and was a player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs.

Buck lived his life as an open book to inspire and motivate.

In 1962 Buck O'Neil signed with the Chicago Cubs as the first person of color to coach in Major League Baseball. He co-founded as well as promoted the Negro Baseball Museume [sic] in Kansas City. It's often said, History offers us a way to travel into the past but our

John "Buck" O'Neil Center and Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 4, 2016
2. John "Buck" O'Neil Center and Mural
future allows us to dream of things to come with all of its possibilities. Therefore, let's take this journey together so the dreams of our past can be the reality of our future.

[Mural artist] Alexander Austin - Thank You "Buck" O'Neil
 
Erected by The Shriners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSports.
 
Location. 39° 5.41′ N, 94° 33.89′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of The Paseo and 19th Street, on the left when traveling north on The Paseo. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mutual Musicians Association Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Jazz Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roy Wilkins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kansas City Call (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ms. Myra Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Rockhill Nelson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Prison Collapse (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pioneer O'Neil's timing was just right, USA Today tribute (2006)

John "Buck" O'Neil Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 4, 2016
3. John "Buck" O'Neil Center
. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Buck O'Neil Biography. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Bridge builder and sports legend Buck O’Neil receives fitting honor, Kansas City Star (2016). (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Buck O'Neil Center. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
John "Buck" O'Neil Center Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 4, 2016
4. John "Buck" O'Neil Center Mural Detail
John "Buck" O'Neil Center, former Paseo YMCA image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 4, 2016
5. John "Buck" O'Neil Center, former Paseo YMCA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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