Baseball Legend Buck O’Neil to Speak at RIT, Oct. 12




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Buck O’Neil will speak at Rochester Institute of Technology during its sixth annual Brick City Festival, from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, in Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union.

The charismatic O’Neil is truly an American hero. His eloquence, grace and genuine love for people have captured the hearts and imaginations of kindred spirits worldwide. His illustrious baseball career spans seven decades and has helped make him a foremost authority and the game’s greatest ambassador.

O’Neil rose to national prominence with his compelling narration of the Negro Leagues as part of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary. Today, O’Neil serves as board chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas, Mo. He is a member of the 18-person Baseball Hall of Fame veterans committee in Cooperstown, N.Y., and continues to lead the charge for deserving Negro Leaguers to be inducted. Through his tireless crusade, America is awakening to the incredible story of the Negro Leagues and the NLBM as the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving Negro Leagues history.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 475-7814.

Founded in 1829, RIT is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging, technology, fine and applied arts, and education for the deaf. RIT enrolls more than 15,500 students in 340 undergraduate and graduate programs. For the past decade, has ranked RIT as one of the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.