LAKELAND, Fla. - The Florida Southern College athletic community is saddened by the passing of former Moccasin All-American baseball player, Mark Angelo, who passed away Monday, April 13, at the age of 59.
Angelo came to Florida Southern in the fall of 1979 and earned a spot on the baseball team as one of just two freshmen on the varsity roster. Taking over as the starting first baseman as a sophomore in 1981, he hit .375 earning second-team All-America honors as the Moccasins finished the season as the NCAA Division II national champions.
Setting single season records with 19 doubles and 523 putouts in 1981, Angelo finished his career holding four career school records with 202 games played, 685 at bats, 44 doubles, and 1,359 putouts. He still ranks in the top ten of ten different categories. Over his four seasons, he batted .333 with 20 homers and 167 runs batted in as Florida Southern compiled a 181-27 with a national championship, a national runner-up finish and four regional titles.
Angelo was a three-time all-conference player and was named to the FSC Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Following his senior season, he was an 18th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2009, he was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Lisa, daughter Briana, son Mark Jr., sister Michele Angelo and husband Steve Eramo, and brother Robert Angelo and wife Theresa.