a celebration 16 years in the making!

Buck is finally where he belongs – in the National Baseball Hall of Fame – 16 years after missing by one vote! To celebrate this milestone occasion, we’re hosting the “THANKS A MILLION, BUCK” Hall of Fame Gala SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH at 8PM

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Buck O’Neil dedicated his illustrious life to the beautiful game of baseball as a player, manager, scout, coach, and founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It helped him become the sport’s greatest ambassador. But it was his spirit as a human being that endeared him to legions of fans worldwide.

Join us as we salute a true American Hero with an all-star roster of baseball legends and other sports greats. Enjoy an amazing evening of food, drinks, and music in celebration of Buck’s Hall of Fame career. Most importantly, proceeds from the gala will support the NLBM and the completion of the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center, that will be housed in the Paseo YMCA, the historic landmark where the Negro National League was established in by Andrew “Rube” Foster in 1920.

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award recipients

2020 Recipient

Former State Senator (9th District)

2021 Recipient

Andrew Dowis

CEO, Pro Athlete

2022 Recipient

Barbara Anne Washington

Missouri State Senator (9th District)

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Museum Closure & Holiday Hours

In recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday the NLBM offices will be closed and the Exhibit and Gift Shop will be open from 10:00AM – 3:00PM on Wednesday, June 19. Normal hours  will resume on Thursday, June 20th