Rest in Peace, Buck…

For all of those who are regular readers of my blog, you may be worried that I’ve fallen off the planet or something. Nothing of the sort. But, with the election looming, now eighteen-days-away, things are little hectic around our household.

Every spare moment I have these past few weeks has been devoted to working Dennise’s campaign. As such, I’ve been unable to post on a whole host of delicious news stories:

The death of Ann Richards…
T.O. Owens’ “accidental” overdose…
The Mark Foley scandal…
The continuing war in Iraq…
The upcoming World Series…

And probably many other things that I’m forgetting off the top of my head right now.

But the thing I’ve been most eager to write about, believe it or not, is the death of Buck O’Neil. Buck died about two weeks ago now, and since that time I’ve had several hundred folks stop by to read my blog entry about Buck from last year. I’ll refer you there, should you have no idea who Buck O’Neil is.

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And all I can say right now is that Buck’s death makes me extremely sad. Sad because now an injustice can never be corrected…at least not the way it should be.

Last year, Major League Baseball corrected one great injustice, but created another, when it voted to welcome many of the most famous Negro League figures into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The injustice that was created is that Buck O’Neil wasn’t on the list.

I supposed that the special committee responsible for inducting the figures from the Negro League days might still get together and vote Buck in. But Buck deserved to be there in the first place, and he lived long enough to deserve to see it too.

Rest in peace, Buck. Millions of us are deeply saddened that you never got the honors you deserved.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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