Playlist: Buck O'Neil - Best Of Kansas City

For late night denizens of the blog we take a quick pause and celebrate the legacy Kansas City's very best representative who recently earned historic tribute years after his death.

A few headlines worthy of checking . . .

Why Buck O'Neil meant so much to Kansas City, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Few people have meant as much to the Kansas City community as Buck O'Neil. In 1938, the first baseman came to the Kansas City area to play for the Kansas City Monarch's. Very quickly, O'Neil fell in love with the city.

Negro Leagues Museum president Bob Kendrick, Royals owner John Sherman reflect on Buck O'Neil's legacy

On Sunday, Buck O'Neil will take his place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York."I do think the stars have kinda aligned," said Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president. It's a surreal feeling for Kendrick to be in Cooperstown for Buck.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, KC Royals host brunch to honor Buck O'Neil

COOPERSTOWN, NY. - On the day before his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Kansas City Royals hosted a special brunch to honor Buck O'Neil. As time ticked down before the induction, Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said not having O'Neil present triggered mixed-emotions.

Sports broadcaster Bob Costas says, 'there's no one like Buck O'Neil'

Fans and legends alike are still pouring into Cooperstown, New York.One of those legends is none other than broadcasting sports giant Bob Costas.Costas was invited here by the Royals to reminisce on Buck O'Neil. He remembers Buck as a unique figure in baseball and says there is no one like him.They both met in the 1980s when Costas was working a broadcast in KC.

Family, friends, fans celebrate Buck O'Neil's career ahead of Hall of Fame induction

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick has been a very busy man, spreading the great word of Buck O'Neil at a brunch Saturday morning, followed by speaking to fans at Doubleday Park and then heading to a function with Hall of Fame inductee Minnie Minoso's family.

Now, there's nothing we can write that hasn't already been penned by far superior hacks. In fact, for those who haven't check it out already, we recommend JoPo's thoughtful biography on the local legend.

Here's our only thought . . .

In this epoch of divisive partisan politics, it's important to have LEADERS who serve to guide the course of Kansas City and speak to ideals that unite our cowtown. Buck O'Neil's best work inspired people across the metro and demographic lines. Not so ironically, his beloved NLBM is the only 18th & Vine establishment to pull its own weight thanks to generous donations to a mission that Mr. O'Neil helped to craft. Negro League Baseball history is American history and understanding that is part of moving forward.

Accordingly, tonight we share a few of our favorite baseball songs for late night denizens of our blog community.

A local tune from a KC fave . . .

A quick and really great documentary from the MLB that some readers right remember from an All-Star game about a decade ago . . .

Ur dad's favorite baseball song . . .

Like or or not, millennials turned this cringe-y pop tune into a baseball classic referencing Kansas City:

And we finish tonight's list with Americana from The Boss . . .

As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe & fun Saturday night.