John “Buck” O'Neil Center
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 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.
Erected by The Shriners.
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.
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). (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.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.