While he may not have made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame while he was alive, Negro Leagues star John “Buck” O’Neil is in the record books as the oldest person to play in a professional baseball game. O’Neil batted for the minor league team, the Kansas City T-Bones on July 19, 2006. Buck O’Neil died in October that same year at the age of 94, but left behind his oral history and legacy of the Negro Leagues.
Buck O’Neil visited St. Cloud State University on October 15, 1997. He gave hugs, signed autographs, and shared his endearing personal story. The presentation was sponsored by the department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science under the guidance of Dr. Ray Collins, faculty emeriti.