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Watch: Jayhawks thrilled to honor Buck O'Neil in annual classic

From the uniforms to the history and, of course, the outcome, KU baseball delivers on a memorable night

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The Kansas baseball team takes the field for the start of their 13-11 win over No. 20 Nebraska in the Buck O'Neil Classic on Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark. [Kansas Athletics photo]

The Kansas baseball team snapped a 4-game losing streak in a memorable way on Tuesday night, knocking off a 20th-ranked Nebraska team at home on a night filled with nostalgia for the history of the game.

With Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick on hand to throw out the first pitch, the Jayhawks and Cornhuskers competed to honor Kansas City Monarchs legend Buck O'Neil at Hoglund Ballpark.

Tuesday marked the third year of the Buck O'Neil Classic, but it was moved to Lawrence for the first time to allow the teams to honor and celebrate the location of the first night game the Kansas City Monarchs ever played, which occurred in Lawrence in early March 1930.

KU came out on top 13-11 in a game that went down to the wire. And while the Jayhawks (16-14 overall, 7-8 Big 12 play) felt added importance to pick up the win on the special night, it was the reason they played the game in the first place that stood out just as much.

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