Walter Fenner “Buck” Leonard, baseball great, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He is also remembered as a community leader and motivator, especially of young people. Mr. Leonard was born in Rocky Mount on September 8, 1907, and attended Lincoln Elementary School. After quitting school in the eighth grade to help care for his family, he worked in the mill and shining shoes at the railroad station, and later for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Mr. Leonard played minor league baseball in Rocky Mount and subsequently went on to become a star in the Negro Leagues. After his baseball career, Mr. Leonard was a Truancy officer in the Rocky Mount Schools where he became widely known as a disciplinarian and a motivator of students.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2004