Buck O'Neil had an enormous impact on the world of baseball and the lives of the everyday people he touched. Buck spent many days and nights supporting the Royals from the same seat behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium, both as a scout and a fan. To honor Buck, the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat program fills "Buck's Seat" for every home game with a member of the community who, on a large or small scale, embodies an aspect of Buck's spirit.2015 Nominations
Monday, April 6 – Dean Taylor
Dean Taylor retired from his full-time position as Royals Vice President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager after a 39-year career in Major League Baseball. Dean was an integral part the 2014 American League Championship season. He worked in the Royals front office twice in his career along with stints at the MLB Commissioners office in New York, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. Dean is joined today by his wife, Susan, and family. Together they have worked in the greater Kansas City community on behalf of several charitable endeavors.
Dean will continue to serve the Royals in 2015 as a consultant.
Wednesday, April 8 – Evelyn Craig
For 12 years, Evelyn Craig has been the president and CEO of reStart, Inc., Kansas City's only homeless agency that serves a variety of people through multiple programs. Throughout her time there, Evie has secured funding for permanent housing, dramatically increased their budget, and received contracts from the Veterans' Adminstration to house homeless veterans.
Also serving on the Jackson County Mental Health Commission and the Executive Committee of the Greater Kansas City Regional Task Force on Homelessness, she and reStart has been recognized with numerous awards.
Thursday, April 9 – Russell Brown
In 2010, while part of the pastoral staff of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Russell Brown helped establish the Celebrate Recovery program, a faith based system of recovery for those who suffer from addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances. Now successful for over six years, the program now helps more than 100 people a week.
Russell now serves as the Senior Pastor at the Heritage United Methodist Church in Overland Park.