More than 30 celebrities will join the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in celebrating NIAF’s 45th Anniversary Gala virtually and honoring Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Dr. Fauci will be presented NIAF’s 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadersh...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 45th Anniversary Gala virtually on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will be presented with NIAF’s 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Health and Science live during the G...

Mike Piazza took the first drive down the street named after him on Thursday, while participants from Mets fantasy camp cheered him on down Piazza Drive leading up to the also newly named Clover Park. Piazza, who the Mets aquired from the Marlins, and spent 8 years in 'the Big Apple' from 1998 to 2005. got emotional when looking up who Saint Lucie...

National Baseball Hall of Famer and Team Italy manager Mike Piazza will be joined by an international fraternity of fellow managers as well as coaches, scorers, athletes, and medical professionals at the CON6 Italian Baseball and Softball Convention at Palacongressi di Rimini from January 24-26, 2020.  “Ten questions for Mike Piazza” is the first o...

Many times my interviews have given light to people and institutions born in America who work to help Italy, improve the bridge between our two countries, and represent in an excellent way an aspect - territorial, thematic, professional or cultural - of being part of the Italian American community. The friend who is today the protagonist of this in...

When Mike Piazza was hired to manage Italy's national baseball team, one of the first people he shared the news with was Tommy Lasorda. Now 92, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager had persuaded Piazza to switch from first base to catcher at the start of what would be a Hall of Fame career. “His style may be a little dated for lack of a better te...

Team Italy manager Mike Piazza was interviewed by Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds, hosts of MLB Network's live offseason morning news show--Hot Stove, on November 13, 2019. National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza spoke in perfect Italian when asked about his level of language fluency while living with his family in Italy. A longtime advocat...

After meeting with Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) President Andrea Marcon on November 11, 2019, National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza has agreed to serve as the manager of Team Italy. A press conference in Rome is scheduled on November 29, 2019 to formally introduce the new Team Italy skipper and his staff to the Italian and in...

Mike Piazza lives by one rule as a parent: You don’t have to like me, but you do have to respect me. Actually, that's a pretty good rule for life, says the baseball Hall of Famer. "The first rule — to try to be happy — is to not care what people think," Piazza told TODAY Parents. Retired from the game in 2008, now living in Italy with his wife and...

In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Nino Cavalli Stadium in Parma for the Italian Serie A1 season opener between Godo Baseball and ParmaClima on April 19, 2019, National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza made the dreams of players from the ASD Baseball Club Sala Baganza come true when they met the 12-time MLB All-Star and 10-...