It’s a full circle “homecoming” of sorts. Gary Perone, who previously served as assistant general manager for the New York Mets’ Minor League affiliated Brooklyn Cyclones, was born in Brooklyn -- but the Tottenville resident has called Staten Island his home for a quarter-century, and now it’ll be his base of operations as well. Staten Island’s Atl...

When Chicago Wolves assistant coach Bob Nardella was growing up in Melrose Park, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame was located next door in Elmwood Park. His father, Robert, relished taking his son to the institution’s conventions hosted in Rosemont. “It was a big thing for my father,” Nardella said. “He took me all the time. There...

Don Landolphi is facing his biggest challenge as a coach. At the youthful age of, gulp, 80. “I’m teaching and coaching baseball to the blind,” he told the Eagle. And if he has the same success as he had while coaching at Brooklyn College, well – we’ll see. Maybe, we’ll all see. Baseball has been part of Don Landolphi’s life for over 50 years as a p...

The Southern Illinois Miners have played their last game in Marion. The team's owners, John and Jayne Simmons, announced they will retire from league ownership. Mike Pinto has been the manager of the team since its inception in 2007. He has lead the team to a league championship and numerous division titles.  "I've long said I had the best job in b...

Young players and their parents may know Dom Scala for the instructional camps he has hosted for years to help hone skills and minds for baseball. Yankees fans from the 1970s and ’80s may remember his headshot in the team yearbook and the praise heaped on him by broadcaster Phil Rizzuto for his hard work as a bullpen catcher and coach. “Phil Rizzut...

For the first time in its history, the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) has awarded college scholarships to deserving student-athletes. Three scholarships have been awarded in the fall 2021 semester.  Scholarship honorees include Francesco Bonvini, Franco Logozzo and Shannon Russo. Bonvni, who is from Parma in Northern Italy, is playing...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation and National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame have formed a partnership based on their collective interests in promoting and building Italian American heritage through sports. Both organizations have agreed to a partnership founded in education and community. The immediate goal will be to host youth base...

Edo Vanni was as feisty as they come.  Some called him a firebrand; others, a hothead. His wife once said he could start a fight in an empty room. How much of that headstrong nature was just for show is hard to know. But no one disputes the fact that Edo Vanni was a talented athlete. Called the heart and soul of Seattle baseball, he is well-remembe...

It has been 20 years now and I still can’t forget the look of sadness my teammates and I saw on the faces of the first responders at Ground Zero days after the attacks. They all looked so tired, and mentally and physically drained. They stayed there for days on end and were on a mission to find someone alive. Sadly, that never happened. It was such...

Mike Piazza, una leggenda per i Mets e per tutto il baseball statunitense. Un atleta che ha lavorato tanto ed è entrato nella Hall of Fame. Non solo quella dei giocatori dello sport che ha rappresentato nei suoi anni di carriera, ma anche dei tantissimi tifosi che il 21 settembre 2001 hanno assistito alla partita contro i Braves. Quando tutto andav...