Frank “Frankie” Lentine

With a softball career spanning 27 years, Frank Lentine has played for such legendary teams as Cherry Lounge, the Jokers, Rogues, and the Bobcats. Although he played all outfield positions, Frank’s favorite position was left field. With a .600 plus batting average, Frank was known as a contact single hitter with exceptional base running skills. His outfield and batting skills earned him most valuable player honors in regional tournaments from 1963 to 1968. Frank was named five times to the All American National Tournament from 1969 to 1974. In 1972 he was named M.V.P. at the ASA National Tournament in St. Louis. In addition, he was selected to the All State Tournament team from 1970 – 1972. He has played in every regional ASA Metro tournament from 1960 to 1984. Frank Lentine’s crowning achievement must be winning the National Championship five times from 1969 to 1973 while with the Bobcats and once with the Rogues. Lentine continues to work part – time for the Chicago Park District. He also has coached baseball, softball, touch football, and basketball. Frank also competed in three National Tournaments in Senior Softball in the age 50 – 55 age bracket. Frank and his wife, Jeanne, have eight children. He lives on the Northside of Chicago.