Felipe Leal-Garcia

Inducted: 2000

Best Known For: Baseball

Hometown: Matamoros, Mexico

HS: St. Joseph Academy

College: Texas Southmost College, Pan American College

Professional Team: Baltimore Orioles, California Angeles


He was a fantastic pitcher who rose to the AA level with the California Angels in 1967, after an All-American career with Pan American College. Felipe Leal was one of the best the Broncs ever had.

A Matamoros native who was a basketball and baseball star for St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, the right-hander scored over 1,000 points in hoops and after graduation, went from Texas Southmost to PAC in 1963, enjoying three outstanding seasons. He became the second Bronc to toss a no-hitter, set a program record for wins, and led the team to the NAIA playoffs in 1963 and 1964.

He still ranks fourth in wins for the Broncs, third in strikeouts. After his Bronc career, during which he made All-America twice, Leal went to the minors after being purchased from the Mexican League by the Baltimore Orioles for $35,000 in 1966.