Michael Conforto's first trip to New York City included viewing the Freedom Tower, heading to the top of the Empire State Building and taking batting practice with the New York Mets at Citi Field. It also included sampling the local cuisine. And it will soon include playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones.   "We've been eating a whole lot since we...

The San Diego arts and Italian American communities are coming together by supporting the ongoing efforts of the Reid Rizzo Foundation in assisting pediatric heart patients and their families while meeting one of the creative forces behind the Artists' Tribute to Italian Americans in Baseball Exhibit at the Convivio Center in Little Italy.  ...

During its 75-year history, the Baseball Hall of Fame has never enshrined three living managers at once. Until now. Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre rank third, fourth and fifth on the all-time wins list and will be recognized for their work July 27.   "I was on the (Expansion Era) Committee down in Florida when we voted on those...

There's a bright future for the Red Sox, and it's colored in green, white and red. On July 2, young baseball star Nicolò Clemente signed a multi-year contract for the Red Sox, becoming the first Italian to ever join Boston's roster. At 16, the native of Pianoro (Bologna) became the youngest Italian to sign for a Major League team, following last y...

John Lewis Pacella was born to an Italian /American family in Brooklyn New York, on September 15, 1956. When he was ten years old his family moved out to Suffolk County on Long Island, where he attended Connetquot High School. There he played ball in the Ronkonkoma/ Bohemia school district, getting drafted in the 4th round of the 1974 by New York...

I spent some time watching the Pirates go through drills and practice prior to their spring training game Monday against the Atlanta Braves. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli practiced like a highly energized baseball player, moving from one activity to another without slowing down.   Read more   Source: http://www.ellwoodcityl...

Anthony Rizzo was born on August 8, 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, FL to an Italian American family with roots in Sicily. He attended Stoneman Douglas High School, where his batting average was .468 with 11 home runs in his senior year. In 2007, he was awarded the Sun Sentinel Player of the Year & the Miami Herald Player of the Year.   After g...

by James Edwards Besides the many fans and those in the sports world, there's another place in particular mourning the death of baseball legend Yogi Berra: a St. Louis neighborhood called The Hill. Berra grew up in The Hill, which became the nucleus of the city's Italian community, as many Italian immigrants settled there when arriving to St....

We won't have the Yankees to kick around anymore. The most hated team in baseball — the Staten Island Yankees — is looking to be hated less, as team management announced this week it is going to change the name of the squad from the moniker made famous by the boys in the Bronx to something more befitting of team the plays on the Rock.  ...

The New York Mets announced they will be inducting Mike Piazza into the Mets Hall of Fame. The Mets made the announcement Sunday, before the former catcher played in the celebrity softball game ahead of Tuesday night's All-Star game.   Piazza understands what it's like to be a New York Mets fan. That's why his selection for the team's H...