Sports Hall to induct standout class at 41st gala

Sep 28, 2018 291

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame has a stellar crop of inductees and honorees on tap for its 41st annual gala on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. (312-226-5566) The NIASHF Class of 2018 includes Gina Carano, Rocco B. Commisso, Joe Girardi and Gene Pingatore. Perry Mandera will be honored as the Sportsman of the Year. The program will be emceed by 2016 Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and New York Mets Radio Announcer Wayne Randazzo.

Carano is mixed martial arts competitor who compiled a dominating record of 12–1–1 in Muay Thai and a 7–1 in women’s MMA before retiring in 2009. The owner and chairman of the New York Cosmos, Commisso played soccer for the Columbia University Lions from 1967 to 1970, earning All-Ivy League honors three times.

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