This is not my “official” favorite interview aired on The Bob Edwards Show, but it might objectively be the best interview the program ever presented, and one that all of us who heard it wished had been the entire hour. The raw interview is in the archives, and producer Chad Campbell used pretty much everything there short of the level check.
John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was a first basemen for the Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs. Later he was a scout, the first African American coach in Major League Baseball, and a driving force behind the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
And most importantly, an amazing storyteller that personifies “great radio.”
From the introduction:
David Broder is here this morning for his Monday observations on national politics. Then some stories from Buck O’Neil, a star player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs in the old Negro Leagues. Buck made history as the first black coach in Major League Baseball, working for Broder’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.
First we’ll hear David Broder who has just returned from the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association, and afterwards more sports with Tony Kornheiser, but it’s the excellent interview with Buck “Nancy” O’Neil we’re focusing on.