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Throughout the year, thousands of people from around the country have expressed their disappointment that Buck O’Neil was not elected to the Hall of Fame and have asked how they can help recognize Buck’s lifetime of contributions to the game of baseball.  One of the most important things to Buck besides baseball is education.  In recognition of his contributions to the game of baseball and his tireless efforts in preserving the legacy of the Negro Leagues, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has launched the Thanks a Million Buck campaign to raise funds for the John “Buck” O’Neil Education and Research Center.  The Education and Research Center will be part of an expansion of the Negro Leagues Museum to be built at the historic Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues.

Buck says that the Education and Research Center is “more important to me than any Hall of Fame.”  Incorporating the latest in interactive technology and state-of-the-art research equipment, the Center will allow visitors, students, researchers, and baseball fans to study every aspect of the Negro Leagues. Currently scheduled for completion in late 2007, the renovated Paseo YMCA at 18th Street and Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City will house more than 45,000 square feet of archives, educational areas, exhibits, conference facilities and administrative offices. In addition, the Center will be home to an innovative curriculum for students from around the country to use baseball to learn about math and science.

Through your kindness and generosity, the Thanks a Million Buck campaign will help make Buck's dream of a Hall of Education a reality. We have a very large overall goal of $15 million to pay for the renovation of the Paseo Y and construction of Buck's Education and Research Center

There are several convenient ways to make your tax-deductible donation for Buck’s Hall of Education. You can visit us at the nation’s official Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, right in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine district. You can also mail a check.

Checks should be made out to
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum” and sent to:

The Buck O’Neil Research and Education Center
c/o Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108   


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"This new education and research center is much more important to me than any Hall of Fame election."
-- Buck O'Neil


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