Buckner, William(born: 1867) William Buckner was a trainer for the Chicago Whte Sox baseball team. He can be seen in photographs of the team in 1910 and 1915 @ "P. Lakus, "Decades Before Jackie," April 15, 2014, a Uni-Watch.com webpage. William Buckner was one of a few African American trainers with white baseball teams; baseball teams were segregated during this period. William Buckner was said to have been let go in 1916 (or 1917) because of his race, and was rehired a few years later 1920-1933. He is listed in the 1930 U.S. Census as a "base ball" club trainer in Chicago.
William Buckner was born in Hopkinsville, KY. He was the husband of Lucy Buckner. In 1930, they shared their home with three lodgers at 4740 Prairie Avenue in Chicago. In addition to being a baseball trainer, he was also a barber with his own shop [source: 1920 U.S. Census]. During this period, he was not a trainer, though he had been a trainer earlier. In 1901, William Buckner completed a passport application on March 5 for traveled abroad. He was in Worcester, MA when he application was completed with instructions to mail to an address in Massachusetts [source: Passport Certificate #37203 (in Ancestry)]. On the application his employment is that of a trainer.
By 1940, William Buckner was a widower living with his daughter Mary Moffett and her husband. Mary was in charge of the lodging house with 5 occupations and Mary's sister Alice [source: 1940 U.S. Census]. William Buckner was a brother to Harry E. Buckner who was trainer for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.
SOURCE: "Mr. William Buckner...," Freeman, 08/05/1916, p.1, column 5.