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Dick “Lefty” O’Neal

2013 July 13

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Dick "Lefty" O'Neal

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Dick “Lefty” O’Neal is the only white baseball player to have pitched 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 years in a range of capacities — including athletics and ROTC NCO positions, as an instructor and teacher at USAF Instructors school in Montgomery, Ala., and later on diplomatic staff at Ankara, Turkey. He also served on the Air Training Command staff.

Today, Mr. O’Neal works as a corporate training consultant, an associate baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves, an executive board member for the

Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and vice president of the South Texas Professional Baseball Negro League Player’s Association. He also serves as adjunct professor in speech communication at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas.

He and his wife, Harriett, live in Universal City, Texas. They are the parents of two grown children.

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  1. Dr. C permalink
    July 13, 2013

    It was nice to listen to Lefty’s life story and a history of part of San Antonio’s athletics past not many know. Kelley and Mark clearly did their research before having him on. Frankly, it is a nice change of pace not having some general on and, instead, a middle-ranked officer who had a rich life both in and out of the military. With so many of us having a foot in both camps, it’s great hearing a example of this!!

    • Marla permalink
      July 13, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed the show! It’s great to hear from listeners like you — we welcome your views and comments on the site!

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