The unlikeliest of teachable moments began in one of Max Pircher's high school classes. He was watching an American football video during teacher Matteo Braghini's lesson and got caught. However, rather than punishing Pircher, Braghini – a former tight end for the 2009 Italian Bowl-winning Giants Bolzano – instead decided to take him to a Swarco R...

Fans of former Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito, who was a fan favorite right fielder and once led the league in home runs, are invited to a Tribute to Rocky Colavito at 7 p.m. July 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, in the Porter Meeting Room. Ground was broken June 1 in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighbo...

Martinsville Mustangs coach Brandon Nania describes his catcher Matt Malone as a “journeyman,” a thought the player couldn’t dispute. “I’m all over. I’m a very cultured man,” Malone said with a laugh during an interview this week. “Dealing with Canadians, North Dakotans, Virginians.” Malone grew up on New York’s Long Island, and started his college...

Frank Catalanotto, a Long Island native who enjoyed a 14-year Major League Baseball career, has been named the 15th head baseball coach at Hofstra University, it was announced today by Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. Catalanotto played 14 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays,...

Frank Lucchesi spent more than 40 years in organized baseball — as a player, coach and manager. On three occasions, he managed Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1972), the Texas Rangers (1975-1977) and the Chicago Cubs (1987). Both at the major and minor league levels, Lucchesi was one of the game’s most respected m...

As the calendar turns to July, the Trade Deadline at the end of the month has loomed large for the struggling Yankees (41-39), who seem to be in need of reinforcements, particularly in the starting rotation and the outfield. Managing general partner/co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner made that much clear when he spoke with reporters via Zoom on Thursd...

We don’t know yet if Trey Mancini’s remarkable comeback story will include an All-Star appearance, but either way, he will be a part of this year’s Midsummer Classic festivities. Mancini on Tuesday announced he would compete in the Home Run Derby, joining Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, Mets slugger Pete Alonso and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story...

Yogi Berra once said, "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." Well, neither are postage stamps. They cost 55 cents for a forever stamp, and that's the price for the Yogi Berra stamp issued Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp honoring the New York Yankees Hall of Famer and the man of endless philosophical musings was dedicated during a cer...

Gary Perone has two very big anniversaries this year. The first came in March when he and his wife Ellena celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. And this week, will mark 20 years since the Brooklyn Cyclones came into existence with the Tottenville resident as one of its trusted employees. The wedding anniversary was special. The pandemic wiped...

It would have been easy for Vinny Nittoli to simply quit and get on with his life. He had already pitched everywhere from Bakersfield, California, to St. Paul, Minnesota, to Mexicali, Mexico, bouncing from organization to organization, and unable to stick. Now, at the age of 30, returning to the organization that first drafted him seven years ago a...