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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