Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but not because he simply accepted an invitation. Things aren’t so easy for an Italian from Redwood City, Calif. His very Italian last name wasn’t good enough to convince the International Baseball Federation of his heritage, either. “It was like a little fact...

A series of "not-to-be-missed" articles is coming to We the Italians' magazine next spring: 10 special stories dedicated to athletes of Italian origin who had success in many popular sport disciplines in the United States.  From baseball to basketball, from boxing to bowling, from football to golf, from hockey to racing and soccer and wrestling: th...

Johnny Giavotella has played at all levels of baseball in his young 29 years, and he will soon add one more to the list.  The New Orleans area native has committed to play for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, in what will be the fourth year of the international competition. Giavotella prepped at Jesuit High School in New Orleans,...

It was a beautiful reunion when Angels' skipper Mike Scioscia welcomed Team Italy hitting coach Mike Piazza to Tempe's Diablo Stadium hours before the start of Italy's WBC warm-up exhibition game against the LA Angels. Scioscia exclaimed, "Where's Sal Varriale?" Anyone in the Team Italy circle, especially Piazza, would know if Varriale was in the W...

By J. Brady McCollough / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sonny Vaccaro can get lost in his words, the stories tumbling clumsily from one into the next, and if you aren't careful, the conversation can really end up in the desert. But when he's on point, when he knows exactly what needs to be explained, his thoughts crystallize into a clear stream. On a re...

Sport is a very important topic in our trip around the US looking for how, when and where Italians have left positive contributions to the growth of the American society. Sport champions are often true heroes, especially in the US: and some of those heroes have been Italian Americans, inspiring a strong and justified sense of pride in those fellow...

Yogi Berra should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball. He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. Berra enlisted in the U. S. Navy during World War Il and served during...

Join the Tigers at Comerica Park on Sunday, August 17 and take advantage of the Italian Heritage Day Ticket Package.   Be sure to get to the ballpark early to watch the special pregame ceremony honoring Italian-American Organizations in the Metro Detroit Area. A portion of each package sold will be donated to local Italian-American charities...

Richard "Pete" Peterson will speak on Italian-American players in Major League Baseball at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Herrin City Library. Among players he will feature are Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. "Also deserving of discussion is the Cubs' Phil Cavaretta, the first Italian-American manager in the Majors, and Joe DiMaggio was an iconi...

by Herb Jackson   President Obama should award a Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, who is turning 90 years old, Rep. Bill Pascrell said Tuesday.   In a letter to Obama, Pascrell recounted Berra's background as the son of Italian immigrants and touted his service in the military, record as a most valua...