Dick “Lefty” O’Neal is the only white baseball player to pitch for two teams in the Negro Leagues. He played for the Biloxi Dodgers in the Gulf Coast Negro League and the San Antonio Black Sox in the South Texas Negro League. He also served in the United States Air Force for twenty-two years.
Today O’Neal serves as a corporate training consultant, a professional baseball scout, an executive board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chairman of the Board for the Small Ball for All! Non-Profit Organization, Vice President of the South Texas Professional Baseball Negro League Players Association, and serves as adjunct professor in speech communication at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas.
“My story is about one person with the right purpose, surrounded by the right people, making a difference. My prayer is that this book inspires you to make a positive difference one person at a time. Looking back on my life I’ve often wondered what ... if you try hard enough you will make it to the top ... really means. If you don’t make it then what! Hopefully my life’s journey will encourage you when you are down and remind you to never quit trying to make a positive difference in other lives”.
He and his wife, Harriett, live in Universal City, Texas. They are the parents of two wonderful adult children, Amy, and Richard.
"Lefty" is available for speaking engagements, book signings, and personal appearances.
Dreaming of playing professional baseball, Dick “Lefty” O’Neal played for the Biloxi Dodgers in the Gulf Coast Negro League and the San Antonio Black Sox in the South Texas Negro League. O’Neal was the only white baseball player to pitch for two teams in the Negro Leagues. This book recounts his childhood dream, the dream shapers God brought into his life, and the unexpected twists and turns along the way.