Ange Armato

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Ange Armato
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Second base
Born: (1929-10-27) October 27, 1929 (age 87)
Rockford, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams

Ange Lou Armato (born October 27, 1929) is an American former infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.[1]

Born in Rockford, Illinois, Ange Armato was the seventh girl out of eight children from a large Italian family. In high school, her teacher encouraged her to go to college to come a physical education teacher, but her career dream was to be an artist, so her parents sent her to art school. During that period of time, Armato went to her first baseball game and she was hooked. She then practiced with the Rockford Peaches for three years and went to school in Chicago. In the process, Armato was signed a contract and joined the Peaches in 1949, but due to an injury, she was unable to complete the season.[2]

In 1953 Armato returned to the league and was assigned to the Kalamazoo Lassies. She only had two hits in 26 at-bats for a .077 average, but was a sure-handed fielder at second base. Kalamazoo ended the season in third place with a 56-50 record and defeated the Fort Wayne Daisies in the first round, two to one games, but lost to the Grand Rapids Chicks in the final series in just two games.[2][3][4]

Armato did not play for the league's final season and returned home, where she worked for Barber Colman Company and became a pioneer for women draftsmen and later a technical illustrator. Learning all she could she decided to move into the advertising world, working now for local advertising agencies as a commercial artist and later as production manager. She ended her career as advertising manager for Rockford Advertising Agency.[2]

Since 1988 Armato is part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League rather than individual baseball personalities.[5]

In 1991, Armato appeared briefly in the film A League of Their Own as part of the AAGPBL veterans reunited in Cooperstown during the shooting of the film, playing at shortstop for the blue team.[2]

Ange Armato currently lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida, where she enjoys traveling, golf, bowling and watching baseball and basketball.[6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  2. ^ a b c d "AAGPBL website – Ange Armato biography". 
  3. ^ 1953 Kalamazoo Lassies
  4. ^ AAGPBL Records
  5. ^ AAGPBL History Archived April 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Intelius.com – Armato/Nº 1