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.