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“Buck” O’Neil’s longtime friends will be in abundance at the Overland Park watch party in his honor

Press Release

December 4, 2021

For Immediate Release Phil S. Dixon


December 4, 2021 - Premier authors, educators, historians, baseball fans, friends and the leading authorities on all things baseball, will be in abundance at a special Hall of Fame watch celebration for John “Buck” O’Neil on the day of his much anticipated 2021 Hall of Fame announcement. We have waited 15 years for this day and it has finally arrived. We’re ready to celebrate! Join us at the KC Daiquiri Shop Bistreaux, 8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas, where the parking is great, the food is delicious and the service is outstanding! They have easy access from Metcalf Avenue, so you’ll have NO problem getting to and from the event. We have planned an event that will make you ask, “Why don’t we do this more often?” Some seating remains and you still have time to RSVP.

Phil S. Dixon is hosting the event in his home state of Kansas, where he began researching Negro League baseball over 40-years ago. The watch party will take place, Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the KC Daiquiri Shop Bistreaux, 8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas, and will comfortably host 100 guests. You may RSVP with an email to The venue is decked out with televisions so attendees can view the Hall of Fame selections in real-time. As you enjoy a scrumptious meal from the special order menu, prizes for the most uniquely signed original “Buck” collectible, along with a raffle every 15 minutes with items from the Kansas City Monarchs American Association baseball team, books, and other items will be given away. Bring any publication written by these well-known authors, they are happy to sign. We anticipate a big announcement for “Buck” and the other candidates on the ballots.

Dixon will lead the celebration and will be available with co-founders of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, historians Larry Lester and Lloyd Johnson during the event for a media Q&A session about any player selected from the Early Baseball Era ballot on that evening. The author is urging all baseball lovers to come out and enjoy the local fare in honor of “Buck,” who was a lover of food as much as baseball. Dixon and O’Neil often frequented Jimmy D’s BBQ in Kansas City, where they dined on finger-licking smoked rib tips. “If Buck were anywhere other than the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, he would be at a restaurant.” quipped Dixon. Buck would always say, “we were eating at the best restaurants in the world. I know we were eating the best food because, at that time, the best cooks in the world were Black.”

When The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors convened a Special Early Baseball Overview Committee of 10 historians to develop the Early Baseball Era Committee’s 10-person ballot, Kansas City-based Phil S. Dixon, a nationally recognized Baseball Historian, was asked to join the ranks. As the only African American male on the Special Early Baseball Overview Committee, Dixon brought to the committee a wealth of experience and expertise that helped him and the others co-found the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. His recent works include “The Dizzy and Daffy Dean Barnstorming Tour, Race, Media, and America’s National Pastime.” Lester has written several classics which include, “Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953.” Johnson scored big with his classic, “The Minor League Register,” along with other publications on baseball.

Seven Negro Leagues, pre-Negro Leagues legends, and three American League/National League stars comprise the 10-name Early Baseball Era ballot, featuring candidates with contributions to the game before 1950.

In addition to O’Neil and fellow Kansas City Monarch John Donaldson, the Early Baseball Era ballot includes but is not limited to Bill Dahlen, Vic Harris, John “Bud” Fowler, Lefty O’Doul, Allie Reynolds, George Scales, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, and Grant “Home Run” Johnson.

Hall of Fame selections from the Golden Days Era ballot, which includes Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce. and Maury Wills, will also be announced on the same evening.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member committee, or players who are selected for the 2022 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election will be officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, July 24, 2022.

“People all over the country have their favorite picks, but here in Kansas City, we have high hopes that O’Neil will be one of the players who will get enshrined. I was more than happy to add my input for “Buck” during the ballot development process. Now let’s hope for the best!” posted Dixon.

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