Angelo Alesia

Angelo Alesia has played softball for thirty-one years and counting. He started playing softball in 1980 with a team of friends and relatives in Addison, the town he grew up in. He attended Glenbard North High School and played basketball and tennis. He then attended Triton College where he also played tennis. During his softball career, he played for many teams, most notably the Flames (his first team), the Blues (the major team he spent the most years with). In 1989 the Blues won their first State title, the Mt. Prospect Classic League title, and a USSSA National title. He played in Iowa for five years with the Graphic Edge and helped them win multiple State championships. He helped the Splinters, Windy City, Flash, and the 45s take second place in ASA National competition. He was also a member of three ASA National championship teams – Splinters in 1991, Hollywood Casino in 1994, and Licorice in 2002. He was selected an ASA First Team All American six times: 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006. He was a Second Team player several other years. Primarily a center fielder and leadoff man, he had great speed and patience at the plate. He hit mostly singles, doubles, and triples, but his patience at the plate allowed him to get on base with countless walks. He recently concluded the 2011 season in the Fifty-and-Over League at Clyde Park by going 77 for 79 with the Takers. He was one of the best leadoff hitters in the game and was a real gentleman on and off the field. Angelo and his wife, Jill, and daughter, Samantha, live in Oswego, Illinois.