The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is alive and well despite the challenges of COVID-19. The 42nd annual event will be held virtually November 1–8 and is offering a lineup of 14 authors. Virtual passes can be purchased individually, or an all-access pass is available for $95. Sports will take the screen Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m., as Post-Dis...

Following in the footsteps of Frank Catalanotto, recipient of the last year’s Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Achievement Award, Chicago Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce has been named as the 2020 IABF Achievement Award Honoree. With over 27 years of combined professional baseball experience as a player and coach, Anthony Iapoce has ma...

That's amore and lots of it for the birthplace of his father in Puglia, Bari from former Team Italy catcher Francisco Cervelli, who announced his retirement from Major League Baseball via Instagram on October 3, 2020. With 13 years of MLB experience under his belt, the 34-year-old Italian-Venezuelan fan favorite played in only 16 games for the Miam...

Anthony Iapoce was born in Queens, NY on August 23, 1973 to Josephine and Anthony Iapoce. Anthony grew up in Astoria, Queens and went to school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School near his home in Astoria. He played both C.Y.O. baseball and basketball for St. Joe’s throughout his time there. Anthony then moved on to Monsignor McClancy high school in Ea...

Joining fellow Italian prospect Leonardo Seminati in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Nicolò Pinazzi signed a minor-league contract to play professional baseball. Wearing an International Stars t-shirt while posing with Cincinnati Reds scout Sal Varriale, Nicolò Pinazzi was all smiles behind his mask knowing that he will begin his quest to become...

The New York Yankees Adam Robert Ottavino was born on November 22, 1985. The 34-year-old was born to Eve and John Ottavino in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York. He attended elementary school at PS 39 where his mother was a teacher. Adam grew up playing baseball and being a Yankee fan. He played on childhood teams that his father coached. Ad...

Ralph Rago is 87, but you might do a double take if you look at him and think about that. His voice booms. He has a sore back but is otherwise sound. He can talk baseball by the hour with remarkable attention to detail. He credits “my good Italian genes and good Mediterranean diet” of vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains for the longevity. Bas...

The Marlins just swept a doubleheader from the Mets and moved to a pretty surprising 14-11 on the year. They are nearing the halfway point of the season in playoff position despite an early outbreak of COVID-19 and needing to piece together a roster after that happened. It's been pretty fun. In the nightcap Tuesday, another fun thing happened. Jon...

A lot of people in Los Angeles, especially baseball fans, will miss eating at the stadium during a Dodgers’ match:  food has always been part of the experience. Fries, hot dogs, nachos, carne asada, you name it, you could find it all at the stadium.  Michael Jacobs, CEO and founder of LA-based Home Team Kitchens, a company that focuses on creating...

Giulio Glorioso is one of the most famous Italian athletes of the 50s and 60s. He was an Italian baseball player born in Udine in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia in 1931 (he died in Rome in 2015), and became a baseball legend in Italy, where this sport so loved in the United States has never been as successful as football, volleyball and basketbal...