I’ve seen men lose 50 years in just a few hours. Baseball is better than sex. It is better than music, although I do believe jazz comes in a close second. It does fill you up.
–John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil, Jr. (1911-2006)
Mr. O’Neil died last Friday at 94. He was a star of the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, the first black coach in the majors and a central figure in Ken Burns’ 1994 PBS film Baseball. Thanks to Russ Neff for calling the O’Neil quote to our attention.