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Originally posted on ESPN.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil never got a free pass in life.
The grandson of a man brought to this continent as a slave, O'Neil moved to Kansas City to avoid racial persecution in the Deep South and played baseball during an era of segregation.
It figures that on Tuesday night, when the 94-year-old steps into the batter's box during a minor league all-star game, nobody will quibble over an intentional walk.
Except maybe O'Neil.
"I just might take a swing at one," he said before Tuesday night's Northern League event.
The Kansas City T-Bones signed O'Neil to a one-day contract, likely making him the oldest professional baseball player. He would surpass 83-year-old Jim Eriotes, who struck out in a minor league game in South Dakota earlier this month, by more than a decade.
"I imagine the bat's a little heavier than that club I've been swinging," said O'Neil, who maintains he can still shoot his age in golf. "It's been a long time since I've picked up a bat."
Originally posted by GiantsFan
After hearing the other story about the guy playing in a minor league game, I begin to wonder if this is just some copy-cat publicity stunt. Also, isn't Jose Conseco supposed to start in one of the Minor League All-Star Games? I'd like to see that match-up... Conseco pitching against the Old man... Even better to see the Man Get a round-tripper off him.
[Edited on 7/18/2006 by GiantsFan]