By Richard Peterson   My wife, Anita, and I live in southern Illinois, about 10 miles from Herrin, a community with a rich Italian-American heritage. Its historical society recently asked me to give a talk on Italian-Americans in baseball history.   Once I began my research, I was surprised by the number of notable Italian-Americans w...

by Serena Perfetto   "Being Italian-American in New York, I am very proud of my heritage. It's something I have great pride in and I'm a little emotional, knowing how proud my father and grandfather would be if they could see me here."   It was 2002 when Mike Piazza shared this thought in an interview to the Associated Press during hi...

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced this week that they have signed 16-year-old Italian outfielder Federico Giordani. He is from Anzio and playing for Nettuno. Italian senior national team head coach Marco Mazzieri and Bob Engle were the scouts to convince the Dodgers to sign him.   He is expected to start his professional career in the spring...

The history of America is intertwined with the history of baseball. The game itself has become one means of measuring the society that surrounds it. Since 1897, over 500 Italian Americans have played major league baseball.   Some on the game's greatest players and some that aren't well-known share the Italian heritage. The Italian Tribune wo...

They were the aces and stoppers, the firemen and closers. Some played chin music, others painted the black. They threw heaters, cutters, Uncle Charlies and the high cheese.   This week The Italian Tribune looks at the man on the hill – the pitcher. There have been some impressive arms, both left-handed and right handed that have taken the mo...

The Italian American Museum Presents: Friday Night Films. Friday, August 26th, 6:30 P.M. Featuring Long Road Home: The John Malangone Story. Light refreshments will be served   You are cordially invited to attend a screening of Bruce Spiegal's acclaimed documentary, Long Road Home: The John Malangone Story (2006, 55 min.) at the Italian...

2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. September brings two very important events to Orange County. For those who love to indulge in a good book, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Heritage Archive at Chapman University in Orange welcome Italian best-selling author Gianrico Carofiglio on campus to present the English...

Joe DiMaggio. Yogi Berra. Phil Rizzuto. Names instantly recognized for being extraordinary baseball players, but not only, also Italian-American. Famous Italian-Americans who were all each inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Back in the late 1910s and early 1920s, children born first generation American to Italian immigrants learned t...

by Kurt Kragthrope   Tony Lazzeri rounded the bases and ran into an overwhelming welcome. Lazzeri's Salt Lake Bees teammates greeted him after a game-winning home run, and then the celebration rose to another level.   Many fans among the sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bonneville Park on a Sunday afternoon in 1925 watched the first ga...

by Josh Peter   Yogi Berra turns 90 on Tuesday, and for readers there is a gift: rarely heard "Yogi-isms," the inimitable quotations that turned Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees, into an American icon.   Millions of people know the most famous ones: "It ain't over 'til it's over." "It's déjà vu all over again." A...