A Kansas City legend on and off the field has passed away. Negro Leagues icon Buck O'neil has died at the age of 94. O'neil died last night in a Kansas City hospital. He was hospitalized September 17th with extreme fatigue.
Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum says family members were with O'neil when he died. Funeral arrangements are pending. The charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador was at the center of a national controversy this year when he was not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. O'neil remained remarkably vigorous well into his 90s. He was a player and player/manager with the Kansas City Monarchs, and later became the first black coach in the major leagues.
He became nationally famous in 1994 at the age of 82 when filmmaker Ken Burns featured him in a documentary on the history of the game.