To celebrate what would have been his 101st birthday, former Kansas City Monarchs legend Buck O'Neil will be honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum this November as reported by Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.
Hopeful to raise $101,000 over the three-day event, the NLBM has scheduled number of activities and musical guests to keep fans coming back each day. The festivities, which have been dubbed "Celebrating an American Classic", will officially begin with a 2.2-mile family run/walk on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 10.
The first musical act will be performed at the Gem Theater across the street later that evening, while another musical salute to Buck will commence the following day, featuring local choirs. Fans in search of autographs will also be able to meet a number of former Monarchs players at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday morning following the conclusion of the charity run/walk.
After taking Monday off, the event will wrap up with a final musical act on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Buck's actual birthday. As a lifelong lover of jazz music, O'Neil's tribute on Tuesday will be performed by guitarist Julian Vaughn and singer Avery Sunshine.