Vincent De Angelis
1982 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Vincent De Angelis was a team captain and star pitcher for the Colonials' baseball team. De Angelis, who also played outfield and batted `clean-up,' captained the team as a sophomore in 1936, when the team lost only one game. He was selected as the Outstanding Senior of the Year in 1939, and he pitched in one of the fastest nine-inning collegiate baseball games of his time -- an hour and 35 minutes against Long Island University (GW won, 1-0). De Angelis earned a spot on the GW All-Time Baseball Team as a pitcher and was awarded a GW gold baseball, the first awarded, for his outstanding performance from 1935-'37. He also played varsity football in 1936. Before college, De Angelis was selected by the Brooklyn Dodgers but opted to instead attend GW.
In 1939, he earned a B.S. in physical education and a M.A. in education in 1948. De Angelis was named to the All-State Baseball Team by the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress in Tennessee in 1943. A successful manager of the University's first student union, De Angelis left GW during World War II to serve in the Army Air Corps as a physical training officer; he returned to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He later returned to the University to become professor of physical education, chairman of the men's physical education department, head baseball coach and director of intramural sports. De Angelis was a founding member of the GW Alumni Lettermen's Club and was awarded Professor Emeritus when he retired in 1974.
De Angelis attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He died in 1980 and was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame two years later. In 1988, his wife, Eleanor, also a GW alum, established the University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development's Vincent J. De Angelis Scholarship Fund in honor of and as a memorial to her husband.