Dick “Lefty” O’Neal sharing his story at Wayland Baptist University

January 23, 2015

 

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University welcomes Dick “Lefty” O’Neal to campus on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to share his story as a white baseball player playing in the Negro League.

Dr. Kent Brooks Retirement ReceptionThere are two opportunities to hear Lefty’s story. O’Neal will speak in chapel at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Harral Auditorium. Admission is free.

O’Neal’s story is chronicled in his book “Dreaming of the Majors: Living in the Bush,” and is being developed into a motion picture. As a child, O’Neal was driven with a love of baseball. His desire was to play in the major leagues, but in his own words was never quite good enough.

While his story deals with race and race relations more than 20 years after Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier in Major League Baseball, O’Neal’s testimony is one of how God worked in his life to bring him to where he is today. His love for the game and love for the people with whom he played gave him a deeper understanding of Christianity.

“In my case, I had to realize that there is more to life than baseball, but baseball gave me a great opportunity to share how it helped me with my walk as a Christian,” O’Neal says in the introduction to his book.

O’Neal currently lives in San Antonio. He spent 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and has since served as an adjunct professor in speech communication, part-time training consultant, motivational speaker, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes executive board of San Antonio, and vice president of the South Texas Professional Baseball Negro League Player’s Association.