Buck O'Neil, first African-American MLB coach & scout, left major impact on Kansas City
4:19 AM, Feb 10, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was an iconic Negro League baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs.
O'Neil played on several Negro League teams including the Miami Giants, New York Tigers, and the Shreveport Acme Giants. In 1938, O'Neil earned a spot as the first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs.
From 1939 to 1942, Kansas City won four consecutive Negro American League pennants.
O’Neil put a pause on his baseball career and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-1945.