You may have never heard of it. But this weekend, the Wickliffe Italian-American Club is hosting 12,000-15,000 people at the self-proclaimed largest bocce tournament in the Midwest. The tournament - officially called the Pat O'Brien Chevrolet Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce - has been running for 34 years. This year is its biggest year yet, with 1...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce inductees and honorees for the 40th Annual Induction & Awards Gala to take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 18th, at the Westin Chicago River North. Last year’s Sportsman of the Year award recipient, Eddie Greco of Greco and Sons, will chair the dinner. The program will b...

Thu, August 31, 2017. 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM PDT. AT&T Park - 24 Willie Mays Plaza - San Francisco, CA 94107 San Francisco's Italian heritage is very rich, to say the least, and the Giants invite you to celebrate with them at AT&T Park at the 2017 Italian Heritage Night! Your Special Event ticket package includes a seat in one of the Italian Heritage s...

The Italian American Bocce Club has returned from summer vacation!!! We will be holding Open Bocce Nights from 7pm - 10pm on Wednesday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 30th. As always, it is just $5 to play all night and we welcome all ages and skill levels. We will have cold beverages available for a suggested donation as well, so come on by! W...

When Ernesta “Ernie” Szabo was born 95 years ago into a large Italian family in Canton, Ohio, the world was a very different place. There were no microwaves, no computers and the invention of the television was still five years away. But growing up in a bustling household with six sisters and one brother, she soon discovered she shared a love of ba...

In the 1950s the NFL continued to expand. The Cleveland Browns, the dominant team of the AAFC competing league that during the decade in the league, won the NFL title in 1950 on their first participation. In 1951, after a stop that lasted from 1942, the Pro Bowl came back. In 1953 the racial policies of the league were challenged by a Federal Court...

A successful Italian American lawyer with a great passion for soccer. Joe Tacopina opened the doors of his office in Manhattan (New York) to Calcio e Finanza to talk about his goals with Venezia and his commercial and sport strategies. Joe is a goal oriented professional, someone who understands where he needs to be because, “this is something real...

The Senator John Heinz History Center's Eighth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival is from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 12., under the Veteran's Bridge overpass, adjacent to the History Center at 13th and Smallman streets in the Strip District. Bocce is a bowling sport of precision and accuracy and was popularized in Pittsburgh by Italian immigrants who sett...

Some readers will remember the name Tony Manero from years ago. He is one of those golfers whose name is vaguely familiar, but his story of winning the U.S. Open in 1936 is a classic. He was born in New York City as Anthony T. Manero, on April 4, 1905 and was a relatively unknown professional playing out of the Sedgefield Club in Greensboro, North...

A handful of sports figures in this town need only one name to be recognized. Sid. Geno. Ben. Cutch. A precious few others were so extraordinary at what they did that statues were erected in their honor. Mario. Roberto. Maz. Honus. It is time to add another name to that privileged second group. Bruno. Pittsburgh icon Bruno Sammartino has traveled t...