The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, in partnership with the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, invites you to a day filled with history, determination, and dreams fulfilled. Please join us in welcoming two outstanding individuals on a ride with the SAM Shortline to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site on November 12, 2011.
Dick "Lefty" O'Neal dreamed of becoming a Major League baseball player all his life.Even though he didn't get there he had the chance to play in the Negro Bush Leagues and has the distinction of being the only white ballplayer to play for two professional Negro League teams. Since his retirement as a United States Air Force Officer, serving for more than twenty years, he has functioned in several capacities. He is an adjunct professor in the speech communication field at San Antonio College, part-time corporate training consultant, motivational speaker, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes executive board of San Antonio, Texas and vice president of the South Texas Professional Baseball Negro League Players' Association. He has also filled the role as an Associate Professional Baseball Scout in Texas, most recently with the Atlanta Braves.
Roosevelt Jackson was born in Gay, Georgia in December of 1917 and played, managed and scouted for several Negro League baseball teams. Currently he lives in Buena Vista, GA, and is one of the oldest living Negro League players. He was recognized by the Committee for the Center for Negro League Baseball Research in Birmingham, Alabama, in a ceremony hosted by The Museum of Negro League Baseball and The Southern League for his contribution to Negro League baseball.
The train will depart from Veterans State Park outside of Cordele, GA at 9:30am. Passengers will enjoy a smooth ride through the countryside of southwest Georgia (arriving in Plains, Georgia) and be able to meet Mr. O'Neal and Mr. Jackson. The program at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia will start at 1:00 pm and Mr. O'Neal will be the keynote speaker and sign his book, "Dreaming of the Majors; Living In the Bush."His book was placed in the baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, New York in April of 2009.Having these two ballplayers on November 12, 2011 in the hometown of the 39th President of the United States, who by the way played baseball for the Plains High School Buffalos, will prove to be an historic event. For reservations call 877-427-2457 or visit the SAM Shortlineonline.