In today's world, language is something extremely delicate. Whether it is good or bad, we gladly leave it to the readers' judgment. What is certain is that sensitivity is definitely higher than it used to be. Italian Americans have always been the object of nicknames and monikers that have never been positive, affectionate or friendly, as it could...

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, more than 600,000 Italian Americans and Italian immigrants found themselves caught in a xenophobic dragnet that involved mass surveillance, unprecedented harassment and, in some cases, secret internment. After years of isolationism, America was suddenly thrust into World War II, and at the time, the federal govern...

The image does not compute. It ought to come with an Error 404 message. Or maybe an Error 5 message, because that’s the number on the jersey. And while that number and the face of the man wearing it are familiar, nothing else about this picture is recognizable. That’s Joe DiMaggio, all right. The hair is grayer and the face a little more weat...

Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio married Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe on January 14, 1954. They were married in Saints Peter and Paul Church in the North Beach section of San Francisco, where the Yankee Clipper lived for many years as a youngster, with his Sicilian family.  Monroe and DiMaggio constantly fought while on their honeymoon in Japan. Wh...

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo, woo, woo. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey.” Simon & Garfunkel sang those words more than half a century ago, and DiMaggio died in 1999. But the words have taken on a literal meaning again – as a statue of Joltin’ Joe...

What was taken down can be PUT BACK UP. What was destroyed can be REBUILT. We can start the healing process now with our Italian American leaders doing what's right for our Little Italy, by returning the Joe DiMaggio statue to its dedicated Piazza on Taylor and Bishop, that's been desolate for over 2 1/2 years now. The last thing Chicago's Little I...

Long before Joe DiMaggio earned the Joltin’ Joe nickname, he was just a kid from San Francisco who wanted to play shortstop. Dan Daniel — himself a Hall of Famer who built his reputation, in part, with his unforgettable reporting on Yankees legend Babe Ruth — was there for DiMaggio’s first spring training with the Yankees. It's safe to say Daniel w...

BCsicilia Isola delle Femmine, in collaborazione con l’Associazione Isola Pittsburg Forever, inaugurerà domenica 6 giugno 2021 la mostra permanente dedicata a Joe Di Maggio, origini, vita e successi del campione di baseball da Isola delle Femmine alla California. Sarà possibile visitare l’esposizione di via Cutino n. 14, presso i locali Associazion...

There was a proud group of first generation American ballplayers that carried the pride and heritage of their Italian roots with them to the big leagues. Players like Frank Crosetti, Tony Lazzeri and Joe DiMaggio — among many others — never forgot where their families came from. They brought nothing but their blue collar work ethic, distinguishable...

For my entire life, I have been lucky enough to be a fan of the New York Yankees. There are pictures of me in pinstripes as an infant and I will always love the team. Like so many Yankees fans, rotting for the Yankees goes back multiple generations. My dad is a huge Yankees fan and so was my grandfather, who I can thank for shaping my sports fandom...