Jim Di Vito

One of the organizers of the Windy City League with Harry Hannin. While a terrific short center and outfielder, he was considered the best manager of the league with the champion Kool Vent, Fewer Boilers, and Witt Hanley Yankee teams. Especially proud of Kool Vent winning last season of both the Northtown League in 1949 and the Windy City League in 1950. Played in the City Championships at Wrigley Field in 30s. Born in 1916 at Taylor and Halsted and would become the pride of his neighborhood earning recognition in the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. After attending McKinley High, he graduated from DePaul U. His playing career was cut short as PT. Instructor for U.S.Army in WWII. Also managed Clark Field to the Western Pacific baseball championship in Manila against pro stars like Early Wynn and Joe Garagiola. A stellar community service background has led to a gym and racquet ball court named in his honor at Sheridan Park and the Duncan YMCA. He was named the 1982 Man of the Year by the Near West Side Community Committee. Jim and Angie have one child.