Class of 1955
Inducted in 2007
Ben was inducted into the SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 2007.
Ben Cacioppo earned 10 letters in football, baseball and basketball. He played halfback, linebacker and defensive back, and was the team captain on the football team. He won All-City Football honors in 1954. He received a football scholarship to Iowa University in 1955 and transferred to Omaha University in 1956 where he played on the freshman team scoring all 26 points in the two games on the schedule. He played third base on South’s baseball team, batting over .300 all four years, and won All-City honors in 1954 and 1955. He played Legion ball for the Metz teams from 1951 to 1955, was on the 1954 City Championship Team, and batted .356 in 1955.
He started his professional baseball career in 1957 with the Brooklyn Dodgers Alabama farm club. In 1958 he played for the St. Louis Cardinals farm club in Keokuk, Iowa. Cacioppo served in the National Guard Service in 1960 and 1961, after which he started a floor and wall covering business which he ran until he retired.