Charles (Chuck) Belas may not
have gained the fame of Eddie Feigner and his “King and His Court"
softball team, but Chuck is nevertheless generally recognized as the finest fireballing
right hander in Beaver County history. Six-foot-two-inch Chuck was the center on
Aliquippa High School’s 1941 championship basketball team, but softball
was his best sport. He started his career at age
15 and for the next 20 years dominated the sport, pitching 50 to 60
games per year and winning at least 90 percent each season. Chuck
was considered the premier pitcher of the area, playing against the
best competition both locally and on the national level. In 1942 he
pitched in 78 games, with a record of 72-4-2. In one game he pitched
a no hitter and struck out 25 of 27 batters. In his 20 year career
he won over 1000 games including 67 no hitters and four perfect
games. He was also a potent batter and had a .417 batting
average in 1947. He finished his career batting better than .300.