A Tennessee athletic department in need of some positivity got a shot in the arm this spring thanks to Tony Vitello's baseball program. The fourth-ranked Vols (40-13) are playing like a team capable of making the College World Series for the first time since 2005. And the fiery and affable Vitello, Tennessee's fourth-year coach, has emerged as one...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will offer a special salute to Tommy Lasorda at a virtual gala and induction ceremony on June 23. “Tommy Lasorda was one of the Hall’s biggest fans,” NIASHF President Ron Onesti says. “It’s only fitting to pay tribute to him.” Testimonials by Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Ron Cey, Mike...

The Boston Red Sox top minor league affiliate team has finally completed its move from Pawtucket, R.I. to a new $160-million public baseball stadium in Worcester’s Canal District. Despite the three-year moving process, the team already has become a rallying point for city and business leaders. And at the heart of all decisions made by the team – le...

Team Italy manager Mike Piazza has given back to countless of his favorite charities over the years, but it is nice to see the National Baseball Hall of Famer being recognized as the Viscardi Center’s Sportsman of the Year on May 20, 2021. In its 54th year, the Viscardi Center’s Celebrity Sports Night continues to be one of the premier fundraising...

As part of the buildup to the 75th Anniversary celebration for Claremont McKenna College (visit CMC's 75th Anniversary Countdown Page to learn more), we are reliving many of the great moments from CMS athletic department history over the 75-day countdown from April 17 to July 1. If you were a part of one of these great moments and would like to add...

Baseball writer and sportscaster Tom Verducci has been named the first recipient of the Italian American Baseball Foundation Media Award. He will be honored at a ceremony in New York in December. Verducci is a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for Fox Sports and MLB Network. He is a three-time recipient of National Sportswri...

Before DiMaggio, there was Lazzeri. A home run hero, Tony Lazzeri was essential to the Yankees’ legendary Murderers’ Row. A son of immigrants, he broadened the game’s appeal and gave millions of Italian-Americans a role model. He was a shy, serious gentleman who did this while enduring revolting bigotry and secretly battling a serious medical condi...

Little League opening day ceremonies can often be perfunctory. Not this year at Southington Western Baseball Little League. Players, coaches, fans and their families joined together Saturday with two of the men instrumental in getting the league off the ground to celebrate Southington West’s 50th anniversary at its complex off Spring Street. Techni...

Mike Rizzo, the President and General Manager of the Washington Nationals, is this year’s Italian American Baseball Foundation Executive of the Year. He will be honored at a ceremony in New York in December. “We could not think of a more deserving executive to receive this honor,” said IABF President/Founder Joe Quagliano. “He has reached the pinna...

Despite Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo putting up elite production since starting to come into his own in 2018, some people have refused to acknowledge how good he is. There is actually a portion of the Mets fan base who still refer to Nimmo as a fourth outfielder, even though he has quite simply been one of the most valuable outfielders in all of b...