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December 20, 2011 12:00 AM

The Best of Buck O'Neil | Buck's lessons in joy live on

Five years have gone by since Buck O'Neil died, and I still get asked all the time to tell the red dress story. We were in New York, and it had been a terrible day. Buck was traveling the country to drum up support for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum over on 18th and Vine and also to ask people to remember the Negro Leagues, the league that had been invented in 1920 because the Major Leagues would not allow dark-skinned players.

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