Ed Earle

Ed Earle started his softball career in 1949, playing shortstop for the Chi-Kings in the Father Jerry League where they won the league three years in a row. They also were champions in the Rockola Stadium League and the Chicago Herald-American Tournament. Ed later switched teams and played for Spalter Finance where they won the playoff at Thillen’s Stadium. During this series of games, Ed Earle was first in triples, second in home runs and hit an incredible four home runs on one game, a feat that warranted a story and picture in the July 19, 1950 edition of the Herald-American. Earle’s string of championships continued when he joined the Dugouts at the Portage Park League where they won the title three years and . took second place at Clarendon Park. Next Earle played for Kool Vent Awnings at Clarendon Park and the Chicago and Kedzie League, a park where Ed and his teammates took home many jackpot games Earle was known around the 16″ game as a long ball hitter to left and right center with the ability to punch the ball over the infield. He was selected to the Rich Melman All-Star Team before 1985. Ed Earle graduated from Schurz High School where he captained the basketball team and the golf team. He was also starring guard at Loyola University for three years, scoring over 1000 points in his career. He is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Schurz High School and Loyola University. He is retired after 26 years with the Sales Division of Yellow Freight Systems. He lives in Park Ridge, IL.