Kevin O’Neill has spent 28 years devoting his springs and summers to making sure various Little Leagues are functioning physically as well as teaching youth the fundamentals of baseball, sportsmanship and to have fun.
For that reason parents and former players — especially those involved with Spreckels Park Little League for the past 16 years — are lobbying the Manteca City Council to name a small 1.7-acre park on Laurel Place Circle along the 120 Bypass south of Daniels Street as the Kevin O’Neill Park.
The council will consider the request when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
Should the City Council concur, the Spreckels Park Little League board has already agreed to pay for the standard park sign.
O’Neill has been associated with Little League baseball for 28 years, a term of service split between California and North Carolina leagues. He’s spent the last 16 growing the game for those that live within Spreckels Park Little League boundaries. The Laurel Place Circle park is within the league’s boundaries.
When it comes to operations, there isn’t much he hasn’t done since the league’s inception in 1999.
He’s been president and vice president, and currently holds the position of umpire chief. That’s not to say O’Neill is opposed to getting his hands dirty. He’s cut the grass, worked the snack bar and coached thousands on the fundamentals of the game.
O’Neill is a regional manager for Arrow Fastener, with direct oversight on 11 states.