Carl Kris Angelo
(Carl the Clown)
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University
- High School Central High School
Carl Angelo had a brief pro career then a long and successful amateur one.
Angelo was 2-2 for the 1954 Dubuque Packers, also going 5 for 12 at the plate; he was also with the Madisonville Miners (0-1 in 3 G) that summer. He then was a long-time player and later coach for the Grand Rapids Sullivans, one of the top amateur teams in the country for decades; he also ran a restaurant across the street from the team's park. He was 353-69 in his amateur career and threw 13 no-hitters, earning entry into ten Halls of Fame. He participated in the Haarlem Baseball Week nine times as a player (starting in 1963 and concluding in 1996 with 1/3 of an inning at age 64, the oldest player in the event's history) and coached in them for four others.
He was much-loved by the Dutch fans for his comedic antics, like going backwards around the bases after hitting a home run, cycling to the mound or wearing a kilt. The Carl Angelo Award for the event's most popular player was named for him. He once played the national anthems of three of the competing nations on his trumpet.
Primary Source: Obituary by Marco Stoovelaar