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Frost Illustrated (Newspaper) - May 8, 2002, Fort Wayne, Indiana Arts & * RANDOLPH i Randolph listeners to See page 11 See pages 6, 7 & 24 FROST ILLUSTRATED Community pays homage to former greats fly Robbin L. Melton and Larry L. Stephens Scores of baseball fans turned out May 4 to watch the Fort Wayne Wizards play the Burlington but it was not the typical Wizards home This particular game featured former Kansas City Monarchs and Memphis Red Sox first baseman John or O'Neil as part of the local Negro Leagues Day community who also is the spokesperson for the Negro Leagues Kansas is anticipated to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments include - playing on nine championship playing in three all-star and two Negro Leagues World Series and holding the national Negro Leagues batting title was Photo by James Redmond tured on Ken PBS baseball Negro Leagues Baseball legend Buck O'Neil fields a question from admiring fans as the Rev. on to manage Gregory Guice of Christ Unity Church stands O'Neil was in town Saturday as part of the Fort all-star games and the Kansas Wayne special Negro Leagues A number of community City who under his including the Fort Wayne Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the American won five pennants and Historical Society helped support the two Negro Leagues World Series O'Neil also became the first African American to coach a major league baseball Prior to coaching for the Chicago he served as the team's scout and helped Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Lou Brock acquire their first professional baseball * Wearing his No. 42 Kansas City Monarchs O'Neil insisted on getting a quick bite from McDonald's before opening the May 4 Wizards home game against the Burlington Good because immediately after O'Neil spent the remainder of the afternoon signing Negro Leagues and Wizards and meeting and greeting fans and baseball Some lucky children to a pitch tossed by the 90-year-6Id The famed player also shared stories with For when asked about a particularly memorable game in his After giving up his post as a first O'Neil told the story of how one Easter he got a double and home run in one His next time at he hit a long drive that bounced off the outfield wall that momentarily beguiled the outfielders allowing O'Neil to on page 20) HUD head lauds Liberty Square despite mixed reviews from neighborhood By Robbin L. Melton Thirteen new houses might look out of place compared to a majority of deteriorating and vacant houses on and around Liberty but the new Liberty Square development scored big with Mel the secretary of Housing and Urban Development who toured that area last According to Liberty Square exemplifies urban at its By collaborating with private and public the Fort Wayne Neighborhood Housing Partnership was able to develop the million housing project which is anticipated to help regenerate the to community will help transform this neighborhood and turn it he are dying for We need to see the glass as half not half That might be hard to do given that six of the pretty valued between and sit right in front of an active train Potential buyers might also be turned off by the condition of surrounding houses that are still When questioned about the Martinez responded that current Liberty homeowners will be motivated to fix up their own houses to make them as attractive as the new but some people point out that many of those residents are on fixed incomes and cannot afford such repairs and In their homes have an average market value of less than looking for improvements and we want to fix up our said Bonnie East Central Neighborhood Association's former support anything that improves our Andrews declined to discuss Liberty Square but added that she will be watching and waiting for subsequent improvements in her area just like she did with last year's proposed University Park Redevelopment Photo by Robbin L. Melton Liberty Square Housing Development Secretary Mel Martinez and 3rd District Congressman Mark are enthusiastic that a Souder listen as Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard extols the virtues of the Liberty Square on page 2) development In the city's East Central
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