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O'Neil was the real 'voice' of America

Updated: October 7, 2006, 9:52 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

Buck O'Neil lived to see the white high school that wouldn't admit him open its doors to all people. He lived to see the kids he scouted turn into Hall of Famers. He lived, as he liked to say, to meet presidents from Truman to Clinton (and he lived to huuuuug Hillary).

Now, he's gone. John J. "Buck" O'Neil died Friday night. He was 94.

At the end, he'd lost his voice. That's the unkindest cut of all. For his entire adult life, Buck gave his voice to those who could not speak ...

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