Broadway Bridge Renamed after KC Baseball Legend John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil
So long, Broadway Bridge. City officials unveiled the sign for the renaming of the bridge to the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge during a ceremony at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Oct. 6. Missouri Sens. Ryan Silvey and Jason Holsman sponsored the legislation to rename the bridge to honor O’Neil.
O’Neil was the a baseman and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro American League from 1938 to 1955. Then he was a scout for the Chicago Cubs, and in 1962 he became the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball with the Cubs. In 1988, O’Neil joined the Kansas City Royals as a scout.
O’Neil is more widely known as a renowned speaker who helped revive interest in the Negro Leagues. He helped establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in 1990 and served as a board chairman until he died in 2006.
The dedication ceremony occurred on the 10th anniversary of his death.