Blunt orders state flags lowered for O'Neil

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday ordered all state offices to fly their flags at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to honor former Negro Leagues star John "Buck" O'Neil.

O'Neil died Friday of congestive heart failure and complications of bone marrow cancer at the age of 94. He was a player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs, the first black coach in the major leagues and a well-known promoter of the Negro Leagues in his later years.

On Friday, O'Neil will lie in repose at the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. After a private funeral and burial Saturday, a public memorial service will be held at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.

-- The Associated Press

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