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I am very excited to have launched my first children’s book The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil based on the legendary player. Mr. O'Neil was a first baseman and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs in Negro Leagues Baseball.  After he hung up his jersey and glove, Buck was a scout and went onto become the first African American coach in Major League Baseball.  While his life on the field was extraordinary, what he did off the field was just as inspiring! This book is for children, baseball fans, teachers, and parents alike.   


On December 5, 2021, Major League Baseball announced Buck O’Neil will be inducted into the Hall of Fame! This is incredible news for the history of baseball.  I can’t wait to share Buck’s story with you!


It is available online at,, and in several area bookstores. It can also be found at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.


The Greatest Thing named 2022 Notable Book

The Greatest Thing:  A Story About Buck O'Neil was named a Kansas 2022 Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas.  

This year’s list of Kansas Notable Books continues the tradition of celebrating the rich stories and culture of Kansas. 

“The 2022 Kansas Notable Books list recognizes 15 books written by Kansans or about Kansas,” said Ray Walling, Acting State Librarian.



“Through their work, the authors take readers on a journey through the wetlands of the Cheyenne Bottoms to the baseball fields of the Kansas City Monarchs. Readers can be transported back in time to the 1887 election in Argonia or to the epic battle of twin sisters enabled with superpowers facing a sinister force. This year’s titles include something for everyone. I hope all Kansans will visit their local public library to check out these wonderful titles.” 

Each year, the Kansas Notable Books list features 15 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Kansas, or written by a Kansas author. This year’s selection committee includes representatives of public, university, and school libraries, teachers, academics, and writers. 

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