The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce named the late Buck O’Neil and Tom Watson as the 2010 Kansas Citians of the Year. It is the sixth time since the award was created in 1960 that it has been given to more than one person in the year.
O’Neil played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro American Baseball League and was the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. He also helped found the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He died in 2006. His award was accepted by longtime Royal great Frank White.
Watson is the winner of eight major golfing championships and was ranked No. 1 in the world six times. Watson also help establish the Children’s Mercy Golf Classic, and has helped raise millions of dollars for the hospital in the event’s 25-year history.