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Frank “Frankie” Lentine

  • Sport: Softball
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

All-star Frank “Frankie” Lentine played professional 16 inch softball for 27 years with such legendary teams as Cherry lounge, the Jokers, Rogues, and the Bobcats. Frankie’s impressive softball career is highlighted with awards and honors throughout his 27 years of playing. Some of these include MVP for all regional tournaments between 1963 and 1968, selection for the All American Tournaments from 1969-1974, and the All State Team from 1970-1972. Lentine has proved he can stand the test of time by playing in every Regional ASA Metro tournament from 1960-1984. In 1972 Frankie was named MVP once again, this time for the ASA National Tournament. With a lifetime batting average of a whopping .600 plus, Frankie slugged his way to win five National Championships. As a member of the 16 inch Softball Hall of Fame, Frankie’s raw talent and commitment to the world of sport continues today coaching youngsters with the Chicago Park District.

On September 8, 2013, Frank was honored as one of the top 22 players all time in 16-inch men’s major slow pitch history.

He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.