Broncs baseball star dies
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 programs 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.