“A baseball Hall of Fame without Buck O'Neil is, despite (former MLB commissioner Fay) Vincent's intentions, absurdly imperfect. Like a Christmas Hall of Fame without Santa Claus.” - Oakland Tribune columnist Monte Poole
“…Buck O'Neil is a rare jewel to a sport looking desperately for someone or anyone it can hold up as pure, righteous and 100 percent believable.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell
"I'm a big fan of Buck O'Neil. He is a charismatic figure who, throughout his life, has been a wonderful promoter of our great game. He is a true baseball legend. He should be in the Hall of Fame. As far as I'm concerned, he is a Hall of Famer." – Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
“He has been one of the great sporting teachers of our time, bringing us back with stories of Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, an ambassador whose stories were like a long sip of cool lemonade on a hot summer's day.” – Adrian Wojnarowski, writing for ESPN.com
“…with his vivid memory and raconteur’s skills, he has become the Negro leagues’ iconic personality — a former player, manager and coach, and then the first African-American coach in the major leagues…” – New York Times columnist Richard Sandomir
"There's nobody more beloved in baseball than Buck O'Neil. He's been anywhere and everywhere to share the stories of the Negro Leagues and their successes." - Jeff Idelson, vice president of communications at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
''What man better represents baseball in every elemental component of what makes a Hall of Famer: playing ability, managing, scouting, trail-blazing, color-line breaking, ambassadorship?" – MSNBC anchorman Keith Olbermann.
“All his life, Buck O'Neil has had doors slammed in his face. He played baseball at a time when the major leagues did not allow black players. He was a gifted manager at a time when major league owners would not even think of having an African-American lead their teams. For more than 30 years, he told stories about Negro Leagues players and nobody wanted to listen. Now, after everything, he was being told that the life he had spent in baseball was not worthy of the Hall of Fame.” – Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski.
''He struck me instantly as an extraordinary man. His integrity and dignity seemed etched on his face and bearing, yet he was so open and so warm that I felt completely comfortable hugging him the first time we met. I cannot comprehend leaving him out of the Hall. He was the inspiration for getting so many members from the Negro league into the Hall.” – historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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