KANSAS CITY, Mo. Red carpet? Check. Paparazzi? Check. Movie stars? Check. Baseball legends? Check. Ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nines? Check.
Frigid temps aside, the AMC BarryWoods 24 movie complex had everything you couldve asked for early Thursday night.
Everything that is, except for Buck ONeill.
Oh, man, hed be in hog heaven, Bob Kendrick, president of the nearby Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said as he headed to a special premiere of the new movie 42 in north Kansas City.
He would be loving this. He would be strutting, hed be hugging, you know, and you cant help but reflect on that.
ONeill, a Kansas City icon from his days as a playermanager with the Negro League Monarchs and later as one of baseballs greatest ambassadors, passed away in 2006, at the age of 94. 42, which details the racial integration of Major League Baseball and the personal triumphs of Jackie Robinson, would have been a picture close to Bucks heart.
After all, he lived it.
The red carpet, this...