The Obit For Felipe Leal

Former Broncs baseball star dies

September 17, 2010
From UTPA Reports

EDINBURG — Former Pan American College baseball player Felipe Leal died after suffering a heart attack Wednesday while coaching a group of college students in Saltillo, Mexico. Leal was 67.

He was an All-American pitcher for the then-NAIA Broncs from 1963-1965 after transferring from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. Leal, who is a Matamoros native, also starred on the Brownsville St. Joseph Academy baseball and basketball teams in the early 1960s.

In 1963, Leal became only the second Broncs pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Trinity. He still ranks fourth in wins (24), third in strikeouts (292) and ninth in career ERA (1.92) in the program’s history.

After Pan American, which is now UTPA, Leal competed in the California Angles farm system, throwing a no-hitter in 1967 for the Angels’ Double-A Texas League affiliate in El Paso. In 1968, he went on to play in the Mexican professional league where he compiled a 116-128 record before retiring in 1979.

Leal was inducted into the UTPA Athletics Hall of Fame in February.

“Felipe was a great pitcher for Pan American,” former Broncs coach Al Ogletree, who did not coal Leal. “I first saw him pitch when I was at Dallas and knew he had a lot of talent.”