15-Year Anniversary of Jack Buck’s Death: Remember the Story of ‘Jack and The Kid’

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s a story you’ve heard on KMOX multiple times. It’s about a St. Louis kid in the 1970s, who loved Cardinals baseball, and how the voice of the Birds on the Bat helped him survive a near-death experience at 9 years old.

The difference this time, is we hear the story of the relationship between Jack Buck and John O’Leary through the voice of Jack’s son, Joe Buck:

O’Leary has told this story to KMOX’s Tom Ackerman on multiple occasions:

March 1, 2016:

John O’Leary was a 9-year-old boy burned in an explosion in his home, had his life saved by his brother, had his life changed by Jack Buck.

March 14, 2017:

30 years later, O’Leary shares his harrowing story of how Jack Buck inspired him and what his life is like now.

This weekend is a tragically, perfect time for this story to resurface. Sunday is Father’s Day, and Buck was clearly a father figure in O’Leary’s life. And, Sunday, June 18 is the 15-year anniversary of Buck’s death in 2002.

This story will be aired on the MLB Network throughout the weekend.

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