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Baseball Pioneer Buck O'Neil Dies at 94

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Baseball Pioneer Buck O'Neil Dies at 94

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Baseball Pioneer Buck O'Neil Dies at 94

Baseball Pioneer Buck O'Neil Dies at 94

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Buck O'Neil speaks at the Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 30, 2006, in Cooperstown, New York. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

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Buck O'Neil speaks at the Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 30, 2006, in Cooperstown, New York.

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Buck O'Neil, a famed baseball player and manager for the legendary Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs, died Friday at 94.

He was the first African American coach in Major League Baseball, working for the Chicago Cubs in the 1960s.

O'Neil recently was nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame, falling one vote short of induction.

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