About the Book
Book: Dreaming of the Majors
Author: Dick “Lefty” O’Neal
Genre: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
Release Date: April 4, 2014
By all counts, Dick “Lefty” O’Neal didn’t have a chance of playing professional baseball. However, today he holds the distinction of being the only white baseball player to pitch for two teams in the Negro Leagues that flourished throughout the twentieth century. “Dreaming of the Majors” is his account of the dream he nurtured from the age of five to play Major League baseball, the people God brought into his life who shaped the dream, and the amazing and unexpected twists and turns Dick experienced along the journey toward fulfilling the dream.
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About the Author
Lefty is currently an Adjunct Professor in Speech, Motivational Speaker, and MLB Scout. He is also a consultant for a possible movie, “Dreaming of the Majors,” which would be based on Dreaming of the Majors – Living in the Bush. He has two grown children, Amy and Adam. He and his wife Harriett have been married forty-plus years and live in Universal City, Texas.”
More from Lefty
“I wrote my story in order to pass on to my son and daughter what their father experienced in his walk through life as a Christian. I wanted them to understand that if you have the right purpose, surrounded by the right people, you can make a difference if you listen to His guidance. Using a sports platform was perfect for me to share that whatever your dream is as you are growing as a ballplayer and a Christian helps you stand as an example for all who dreamed of playing a sport.
I had no idea the book would relate so well to anyone who dreams their dreams, but more importantly, if it doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would they realize it was God’s plan to put them where they are. People have found that blooming where they you are planted is right where God wants you to make a difference.
My story is one of hope, persistence, never give up attitude, and it encourages all of us to pursue our dreams regardless of the obstacles that stand in our path. But to remember that our Heavenly Father’s spirit has always been with us throughout the journey, wherever it takes us”.
Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Dick “Lefty” O’Neal
- How do you find an idea for a book you know you need to write?
When I have an experience that I feel Christ wants me to pursue I know other people will feel the same way. Then you know He is the only answer. This is a great way to start.
- What does success as an author look like to you?
When people’s hearts are positively touched by my message and when I get validation through my readers’s e-mails to me on how my book changed their lives. I could care less if I make any money for the book. In fact what I make I donate.
- Is there a specific person or experience in your life that prompted you to begin writing? Describe it?
Yes it was my wife prompting me to write it so at least our children will know what we went through and are still going through. Since my wife’s stroke 18 months ago I need to write another book on how we have gone through this chapter in our lives With Him. A portion of my story people found hard to believe and my wife said write it down and the truth will set me free.
- Who do you believe your audience is?
It’s for everyone who has a dream but somehow it doesn’t come true. If they follow Christ He will show them that where they ended up is exactly where He wanted you to be to do the most work for His kingdom. I have fans as young as 8 And as old as 99.
I love a feel good real story.I can relate to them more and they help me through life. That is why the greatest book ever is the Bible.
- Why do you choose to write nonfiction instead of novels?
They are true stories that inspire the reader. That is why I think my book is having such a positive affect on the reader.
Thank you “Lefty” for your time letting us get to know you!
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To celebrate his tour, Dick is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed Dreaming of the Majors book along with two autographed baseball cards and 1 autographed baseball!!
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