Jim Angelo ‘68 played both Football and baseball 1965, 66 and 67. In 1966 he played for both the baseball city championship at Connie Mack Stadium and the football city championship at Franklin Field. In football, Jim was a defensive back and a punt returner. On the baseball team, Jim played second base and center field. He excelled in both sports, but baseball was his true passion! In Jim’s junior and senior year, his batting average exceeded 550 with no strikeouts. He stole 24 bases each year without ever getting caught stealing! Playing in two public league championship games and winning a city baseball championship was truly a thrilling experience! Jim’s thrilling baseball moments continued after graduating SPHS when he was drafted and signed by the Cincinnati Reds.
Unfortunately, his professional baseball career was shortened by knee injuries, but his passion for the game continued. His desire to play quality organized baseball led Jim to the Pen Del League where he won a batting title in 1970, Jim worked hard, hustled and had a keen sense of the game, but Jim believes his accomplishments in sports was mainly due to his family, team mates and coaches. Baseball still thrills Jim.
He enjoys playing the game with many of his high school team mates and loves teaching the game to his grandson. He is retired and married to Dr. Melanie Angelo, with 2 Children, Dana & Eric and a grandson Griffin