Buck O'Neil talk set for Saturday morning

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The Carrabelle History Museum is presenting a fascinating history program entitled, “Right On Time: Buck O’Neil and Black Baseball” this Saturday morning, Nov. 20 at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave. (U.S. 98) in Carrabelle,

This program, featuring author Wes Singletary and baseball aficionado Josh Weaver and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs room. There is no charge for this event.

John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, born in Carrabelle Nov. 13, 1911, became a famous first baseman and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro Leagues team. In 1956 he joined the Chicago Cubs as one of the first African-American scouts in major league baseball, and in 1962 became one of the first African American coaches in the majors.

O’Neil founded the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

Singletary is the author of numerous books and articles including ones on John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Al Lopez, the 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, and Apalachicola native Jimmy Bloodworth. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Wes earned a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University, and is currently AP U.S. history professor at Lawton Chiles High School. He has taught as an adjunct history professor at Tallahassee Community College for 27 years.

Weaver's passion is baseball. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor of arts in history. His profession is social work, but dreams of becoming a baseball historian. He has authored the children's book “A Visit to Oriole Park at Camden Yards with the Orioles Mascot.”

Weaver has traveled to all 30 active major league ballparks. He has visited several baseball museums around the county including National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The museums all feature exhibits on Buck O'Neil. He is currently assisting in the expansion of the museum's permanent exhibit on O'Neil, which is definitely worth a visit to the museum to see.

There is no fee for this program. Donations are gladly accepted to defray costs. Sponsored by C-Quarters Marina and Shaun Donahoe Realty, funding also comes in part from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. Seating will be limited and masks are optional. Attendees are asked to follow health guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing hands.

For more information, contact 850-697-2141.

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