Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Warren O'Neil receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his brother, John "Buck" O'Neil from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006.  The medal is the nation's highest civil award.  It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".  Buck O’Neil represented excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field.  Rising above the injustice of a segregated country and sport, he served his Nation in World War II, was a talented player and manager in the Negro Leagues, and was Major League Baseball’s first African-American coach.  As a co-founder of and inspiration for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, he served as the Museum’s Chairman of the Board and worked to ensure that generations of baseball legends would not be forgotten.  The United States posthumously honors John “Buck” O’Neil for his generous spirit, devotion to baseball, and unyielding commitment to equality.<br />
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Warren O'Neil receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his brother, John "Buck" O'Neil from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006. The medal is the nation's highest civil award. It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Buck O’Neil represented excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field. Rising above the injustice of a segregated country and sport, he served his Nation in World War II, was a talented player and manager in the Negro Leagues, and was Major League Baseball’s first African-American coach. As a co-founder of and inspiration for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, he served as the Museum’s Chairman of the Board and worked to ensure that generations of baseball legends would not be forgotten. The United States posthumously honors John “Buck” O’Neil for his generous spirit, devotion to baseball, and unyielding commitment to equality.
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 15 Dec 2006
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