For years, critics cried about the Yankees‘ lack of left-handed bats to balance the lineup. Turns out what they were really missing was an old Italian to sit on the porch all day. Anthony Rizzo, fresh off a third-place finish in the 2022 Offseason First Base Race (according to Yankee fans and rivals), has opened the season looking like an energized...

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team did more than spotlight a piece of local history when it changed its name to the Guardians after the 2021 season. The renaming also shined light on a point of pride for the area’s Italian American community. The Guardians’ name is taken from the “Guardians of Traffic,” eight massive Art Deco sculptures that st...

Prof. Lawrence A Baldassaro's latest book, Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer, has been selected to receive the 2022 SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Baseball Research Award. Baldassaro is a professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a frequent contributor to SABR publications. Lazzeri...

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their general manager in 2005 and he has been with the organization ever since, all the while becoming a key figure in the franchise’s history. Colletti worked as the general manager through the 2014 season and despite the limited resources given to him from then-owner Frank McCourt for the majority of...

Imagine being a lifelong Yankees fan and fulfilling a dream of pitching in pinstripes – with your big-league debut against the Boston Red Sox. At Yankee Stadium, in front of a packed house. That scene unfolded on Saturday afternoon for Ron Marinaccio, though it might not have been the most nerve-wracking moment of his day. Awarded the “championship...

Joey Gallo, who has been playing for the New York Yankees for over a year now, is a crucial part of the Yankees’ roster. Many people might know, that Joey Gallo has Italian roots. And the Yankees’ slugger never shies away from embracing his love for Italy. Recently, he opened up about his connections with Italy and a unique reason why his family br...

Sunday April 24, 2022. 18:00 (GMT-7). S F Italian Athletic Club. 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco California. World Premiere "Introducing Italy Team Manager Mike Piazza" with Director Roberto Angotti and an intimate live performance by Grammy nominated artist Pato Banton + the Now Generation Band. Featuring Movie Soundtrack by Pato Banton + New...

April 14, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Join us for a conversation with Lawrence Baldassaro, author of “Beyond Di Maggio” and “Tony Lazzeri,” and Richard Johnson, curator of The Sports Museum of New England since 1982 and author of 25 books, including histories of the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Boston Braves, Boston Gard...

Baseball is biblical.  It acts out our desire to make our way back home, to get back to the Garden of Eden.  So pointed out literary scholar, then President of Yale University, then Baseball Commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti in Take Time for Paradise (1989): “It is the story . . . of going home after having left home, the story of how difficult it...

Anthony Rizzo’s arrival in a July trade helped sharpen the Yankees’ infield defense last season, offering a patient and potent presence in the heart of the lineup. The club is eager for a reprise, agreeing late Tuesday to a two-year, $32 million deal with the first baseman. The club has not announced the move, which is pending the completion of a p...