Lawmakers Could Honor O'Neil at Capitol Hall of Fame

March 5, 2006 - Posted at 12:20 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Baseball Hall of Fame didn't make

room for Negro Leagues baseball great Buck O'Neil. But some

Missouri lawmakers are looking for another way to honor him.

State representative Jonas Hughes of Kansas City has asked House

Speaker Rod Jetton to consider putting O'Neil in the Hall of Famous


Only two dozen people have been inducted in that hall, including

Wal Disney, Mark Twain and Walter Cronkite.

Ninety-four-year-old O'Neil won two batting titles with the

Kansas City Monarchs and managed the team to five tenants. He was

also the first black major league coach.

Seventeen people from the Negro leagues and pre-Negro league era

were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by secret

ballot of a special 12-person committee.

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