KANSAS CITY, MO - As part of an on-going effort to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Buck O'Neil, the Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City will once again partner on the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat program in 2014.
Since 2007, the club has paid tribute to the lasting impact O'Neil had on the game of baseball and the Kansas City area by filling "Buck's seat" with a member of the community who embodies his vibrant spirit. O'Neil spent many days and nights supporting the Royals from behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium, both as a scout and fan.
Honorees will be recognized during the Royals in-stadium pregame ceremony and enjoy the game from "Buck's seat" behind home plate. FSKC is once again partnering with the Royals on the program by featuring Buck Seat honorees during FSKC home telecasts. In addition to five game tickets, honorees also receive food vouchers and a commemorative plaque celebrating his/her day at The K.
The Royals invite fans throughout the Midwest to nominate individuals they feel are worthy of filling "Buck's seat" by visiting www.royals.com/buckseat. Please note that fans who have nominated individuals who have not been selected in previous years are asked to submit a new nomination with updated information for consideration for the upcoming season.
To open the Royals 45th anniversary season, the club will welcome Kay McGuff, widow of legendary Kansas City Star editor Joe McGuff, as the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat honoree for the home opener on Friday, April 4. Joe McGuff joined The Star as a sports reporter in 1948 and later ascended to sports columnist in 1966. He played an instrumental role in securing an American League expansion team for Kansas City following the Athletics move to Oakland in 1967. In 1986, he was named editor and vice president of The Star, a position he held until retiring in 1992. McGuff was later named to the Royals Board of Directors in 1994 and served in that role until David Glass purchased the club in 2000. A member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, McGuff was enshrined in the baseball writers' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1985. In addition, the press box at Kauffman Stadium is officially known as the Joe McGuff Press Box in honor of his contributions to baseball in Kansas City. McGuff, who suffered from ALS, died in 2006.