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Former Negro League Star Buck O'Neil Dies At 94

Buck O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame, has died at 94.

Bob Kendrick, marketing director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said O'Neil died at a Kansas City hospital Friday night.

O'Neil had long been popular in Kansas City. But he rocketed into national stardom in 1994 when filmmaker Ken Burns featured him in a P-B-S documentary on baseball.

O'Neil joked that he became an "overnight sensation at 82."

A good-hitting, slick-fielding first baseman, he barnstormed with Paige in his youth and twice won a Negro Leagues' batting title. He then became a pennant-winning manager of the Kansas City Monarchs.

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