Cosmos owner Commisso to be inducted into National Italian American Sports Hall

Oct 23, 2018 435

Former Columbia University men’s soccer player and Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso will be inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 3. Commisso, the founder, chairman and CEO of Mediacom, will be enshrined alongside former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, MMA legend Gina Carano and Illinois high school basketball coach Gene Pingatore. Joining the celebration will be some of America’s most recognizable sports personalities, including Tommy Lasorda, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and Mike Piazza.

The 41st annual induction will take place at the Hyatt-Regency in Chicago. “We are extremely proud of Rocco’s induction into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame,” former Columbia star soccer players Amr Aly and Charles Balsamo said in a statement. “Rocco has secured his rightful spot of this over 40-year old institution, and joins other great Italian sports figures including Joe DiMaggio, Vince Lombardi, Mario Andretti, Phil Esposito, Bobby Valentine and Jim Valvano.”

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