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Royals bring back Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program

Updated: 2013-03-18T16:23:45Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

The Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City are going to partner on the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program again this season.

The Legacy Seat program has been around since 2007. In a news release, the Royals said they have "paid tribute to the lasting impact O’Neil had on the game of baseball and the Kansas City area by filling 'Buck’s seat' with a member of the community who embodies his vibrant spirit. O’Neil spent many days and nights supporting the Royals from behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium, both as a scout and fan."

To nominate someone for “Buck’s seat,” go to www.royals.com/buckseat.

Honorees will be recognized during the a pregame ceremony and will watch that day's game from “Buck’s seat” behind home plate. FSKC will feature honorees during home telecasts by the network. In addition to five game tickets, honorees also receive food vouchers and a commemorative plaque celebrating his/her day at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals announced they will honor Charles Wheeler at the home opener on Monday, April 8. Wheeler was mayor of Kansas City from 1971-79 and was in the office when then-Royals Stadium opened on April 10, 1973 with a 12-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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