Buck O’Neil’s 102nd birthday would have been on Nov. 13.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is going to celebrate with a series of events, starting Saturday with the Buck O’Neil 2.2 mile run/walk. The race, which goes through the historic 18th and Vine district, starts at 9 a.m. Registration is at www.nlbm.com.
After the race, George Altman and Willie Wilson, will discuss their careers and sign copies of their new books beginning at 11 a.m. The program is free with paid admission to the NLBM.
Altman, who was managed by O’Neil as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955 before embarking on a nine-year Major League Baseball career with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, is the co-author of his biography, “My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors and Beyond.”
Wilson, the Royals Hall of Famer, is the co-author of the new book, “Inside the Park.”
The party continues Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., with “The Power of Love,” a soulful tribute to Buck inspired by the music of the late Luther Vandross and a post-event concert with R&B artist Howard Hewett. To reserve tickets, call the museum at 816-221-1920.
On Sunday, area gospel choirs and other performers, will be at the Gem Theater for a Gospel Salute to Buck. The gospel music extravaganza takes place at 3:30 p.m. and is free.
The fun continues Nov. 13 with the presentation of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Award given annually in recognition of “outstanding support of the NLBM.” This year’s recipients are University of Kansas Hospital president/CEO Bob Page and former major-league pitcher and current ESPN broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe. The awards will be presented in ceremonies at the Gem Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will followed by a performance of Sati Word’s critically acclaimed, one-man play inspired by O’Neil’s life entitled, “Baseball Music: The Sweetest Sound.”
MOVIE SCREENING: Minsky’s Pizza in Lawrence is playing host to a screening of the 2013 film “The Miracles,” which is the story of KU Basketball’s 1988 championship season. Special food packages come with a free copy of the movie DVD. Introduction by the filmmakers and special appearance by some 1988 team member. Bob Fescoe is the host. Only 50 seats available. RSVP to 785-856-5252.
TIGER CLUB LUNCHEON: WHB’s Steven St. John and Todd Leabo will be the guest speakers; the lunch buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program is at noon. The meeting is at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road; KCTigerClub.com.
KC CATBACKERS: Former Wildcat and Chiefs safety Jon McGraw will be the guest speaker at Lucky Brewgrille, 5401 Johnson Drive in Mission; happy hour is at 5:30 and McGraw speaks at 6:30 p.m.
BIG 12 SOCCER: The conference tournament begins at Swope Soccer Village with games at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
BOOK SIGNING: Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens will sign copies of his book, “At the Hang-Up,” at Crown Automotive, 3400 Iowa St., in Lawrence from 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Later, Owens will sign books before the KU game in the Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse from 6 to 7 p.m.
HOME RUNS FOR HUNGER: Fans who donate canned food items or make a cash donation to Harvesters will have the opportunity to take batting practice at Kauffman Stadium and shag fly balls in the outfield on Friday (noon to 5 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For information on restrictions and requirements, go to www.royals.com/homerunsforhunger.
BIG 12 SOCCER: The conference tournament continues at Swope Soccer Village with games at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
WILLIE MAYS AIKENS SIGNING: The former Royal will sign autograph cards, and sign and sell copies of his book, “Safe at Home,” from noon to 6 p.m. on Grand Boulevard at the Power & Light District.
BIG 12 SOCCER: The conference tournament championship game is at Swope Soccer Village at 3:30 p.m.
OKLAHOMA: The OU alumni group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Granfalloon, 608 Ward Parkway, for the Sooners’ game against Baylor.
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