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John “Buck” O’Neil, Baseball Player and Manager
Buck O’Neil was born in Carrabelle, Florida, but moved to Sarasota with his family as a child. He worked in the celery fields, but dreamed of playing baseball. He signed with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League in 1938. During his career, he was a batting champion and played in many championship games. He later became a manager with the Monarchs. In 1962, the Major League’s Chicago Cubs named him coach. He was the first black coach in Major League Baseball. He later worked to keep the history of the Negro Leagues alive.