The Carrabelle History Museum is presenting a fascinating
history program entitled, Right On Time: Buck ONeil 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.
ONeil founded the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas
City, Missouri and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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
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.