As current president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and someone who has been blessed to call Tommy Lasorda a close friend for more than 30 years because of it, I was deeply saddened this week as we lost another American hero. The Hall of Fame began as an Italian American Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977, founded by George Randazzo...

Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time. With all the discussion on who will be the Yankee catcher next season, I thought it would be appropriate to look at one of the Yankees’ most iconic catchers. Yogi was a long time catcher, coach, and manager for the Yankees. Berra was born in 1925 to immigrant parent...

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon is the special guest for the ninth episode of the Italian American Baseball Foundation Spaghetti & Baseballs Facebook Livesteam on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:15 pm (ET). Co-hosts Chris Colabello and Natalie Spedaliere have welcomed the likes of Frank Catalanotto, Anthony Iapoce, Mike Napoli, John Franco, ...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sends its condolences to the family of Tommy Lasorda who passed away last night at the age of 93. As a World Series champion, MLB Hall of Famer and former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 years, Mr. Lasorda committed eight decades of his life to the game and will be sorely missed. “We are dee...

Pugnacious Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who skippered the Los Angeles Dodgers to four league pennants and two world titles, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers announced Friday that Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home and was transported to a hospital, where he died. "Regarded by many as baseball's most popular ambassad...

Dodgers legend and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been released from the hospital and is now resting comfortably at home, the team announced on Tuesday evening. Lasorda, 93, had been hospitalized since the middle of November and for part of that time was in intensive care. The team provided no further information on his hospitalization.  La...

Like he’s done every fall Saturday since before he can remember, Thomas Fidone settled in to watch and cheer on Nebraska football. This was Nov. 21, nearly three months after the top-rated tight end in the Class of 2021 made national headlines when he committed to the Huskers in a televised ceremony. Taking in games as a pledge felt different — if...

The Lombardi Trophy is presented to the Super Bowl Champion each year. It's a silver trophy with a regulation-sized silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramidal stand consisting of three concave sides. Tiffany & Company has produced the trophy since it was designed in 1967 for the first NFL-AFL Championship game. According to the Pr...

Until the conclusion of ItaIian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Virtual Gala on Thursday, December 3, 2020, supporters of Team Italy baseball and softball are encouraged to bid on the 108 items available HERE at the IABF Online Auction. The IABF is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation that is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball and s...

Team Italy coordinator and pitching coach Bill Holmberg passed away on November 9, 2020 after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Synonymous with Italian baseball since 2000, Bill Holmberg left his imprint on the growth and development of the game in Europe and Africa.  Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) President Andrea Marcon ...