O’Neal would later hold the distinction of being the only white baseball player to pitch for two teams in the Negro Leagues. Rising in the ranks from amateur and college standout, he earned a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals before playing for the Biloxi Dodgers in the Gulf Coast Negro League and the San Antonio Black Sox in the South Texas Negro League.
“Yes, there was still prejudice in baseball,” O’Neal says, “even though Jackie Robinson had crossed the color line some thirty years earlier. Initially, the other black teams didn’t appreciate the presence of me and a couple of other white players, especially on the road. . . . Our teammates and management, however, accepted us well and took care of us when we traveled. We were truly a baseball family.”
Though O’Neal never fulfilled his major league dream, he knows that God’s plans are best. “This book should convince us that Christ’s plan for us is much more fulfilling than what we could ever imagine.”