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No Buck? No justice?
2006-02-28 10:34
by Bob Timmermann

While some people, like Alex Belth took the failure of Buck O'Neil to make the Hall of Fame as sad, but not the end of the world, Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star wants somebody's head on a platter.

O'Neil himself sounded gracious.

"God's been good to me,'' the 94-year-old said after results of Monday's special election were announced. "You can see that, can't you? It didn't happen. They didn't think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That's the way they thought about it and that's the way it is, so we're going to live with that. Now, if I'm a hall-of-famer for you, that's all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck.

"Don't shed any tears 'cause I'm not going to the Hall of Fame.''

2006-02-28 11:59:01
1.   screwballin
Keith Olbermann went off about this for 10 minutes on MSNBC last night. I'm not sure a head on a platter would have satisfied him.

I don't really know whether or not Buck's play warranted a spot in the hall. But if there's a HOF for Class Acts, he's got my vote.

2006-02-28 12:06:16
2.   joejoejoe
I'm with Joe Posnaski. How can a biographer of an obscure figure like Effa Manley be allowed to vote for that figure to get into the Hall of Fame? It's a bit of a conflict of interest IMHO. This panel seems to do a lot of quid pro quo voting to come up with SEVENTEEN new members of the Hall.

Buck O'Neill is too decent to politic for himself but the time has come for some people to speak up. Maybe the MLB players can stage some kind of protest/tribute at the All-Star game before the Hall of Fame.

2006-02-28 14:59:19
3.   Sandus
Also possible (though unlikely) is that the Veteran's Committee rectifies the mistake next year.
2006-02-28 23:40:44
4.   Bob Timmermann
Veterans Committee.

You stepped into a pet peeve of mine there.

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