Jasper Legend “Chick” Alles; Former Mayor Celebrates 90th Birthday

With granddaughter Natalie and new son-in-law John Merkley. Natalie and John were M=married just this past Saturday.

With granddaughter Natalie and new son-in-law John Merkley. Natalie and John were married just this past Saturday.

Four Generations: grandson Michael, Chick, great-grandaughter Madeline and son Bob.

Four Generations: grandson Michael, Chick, great-grandaughter Madeline and son Bob.

Jasper (NNDC) – When Jerome “Chick” Alles graduated from Jasper High School in 1944 he was praised in the “J” (the school yearbook) for his prowess in sports, especially in baseball. He didn’t go out for basketball until his senior year, but he became a regular on a Wildcat team that won the sectional and finished with a 20-and-4 record. The wins included a regular season victory at Evansville Bosse, who went on to win the state championship. Although he was the most inexperienced senior on the team, reports stated that he was one of the main reasons for the team’s success.

That spring he completed his fourth year on the JHS baseball team, and went on from there to a long, legendary career in semi-pro baseball, mostly as a star performer with the Jasper Reds.

Sunday afternoon, almost exactly 72 years after picking up his diploma, Chick Alles celebrated his 90th birthday. During those 72 years Chick became one of the best-known, most-recognized persons in Southern Indiana, earning praise and respect on area baseball fields as a slugging outfielder and sometime pitcher for the Reds, and on the political scene as a three time mayor of Jasper (1980 through 1991).

A steady line of friends, relatives, and family members filed through the Alles home on Vine Street Sunday to offer birthday wishes.

Chick and his wife Annie raised and educated seven children, sons Bill, Joe, Bob, Tom, and Jerry, and daughters Bev and Evie. All have had success in their chosen fields, and the Alles boys have kept alive the family tradition of playing baseball, from Little League through high school and Legion ball into semi-pro baseball with the Reds. The Alles family has kept the team’s long tradition alive as team players, managers, and good will ambassadors.

Annie Alles passed away in 2014, but the children were all there Sunday, along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous friends and relatives, to help Chick celebrate 90 years of living a fulfilling life.

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