Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Joe Coglianese has been involved with our program for over 30 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Coglianese played a very active role in Babe Ruth Baseball for thirty years. Throughout his storied career in the League, Coglianese held the positions of Umpire, Coach, Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, Player Agent, Local League President, Vice President, and District Director.
"Joe was very instrumental in developing the Babe Ruth program in the Chicago area," says the late Ron Tellefsen.
In 1972, Illinois was the first State to host the 13 year old State Tournament. Joe started the 13 year old Babe Ruth District 6 Tournament in 1965. He was Tournament Director for the first State 13 year old Tournament held in Mt. Greenwood, Illinois.
Coglianese was forced to retire because of 2 operations on his knee, and an unexpected heart attack in January of 1988.