Smack in the middle of the annual Italian Market Festival in South Philadelphia Saturday, some 30 men gathered to play half-ball — a game with a local history spanning about 70 years that calls for a broomstick, a three-story building, and half of a squishy ball. Split into teams of five people, these men comprised the 10th annual John Marzano Half...

The Frank Catalanotto era of NYIT baseball started with a Twitter DM. But first we have to go back to 2010. Catalanotto, who was drafted out of Smithtown High School on Long Island and played 14 years in the majors, spent the last few months of his career with his hometown New York Mets. There, he met ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin and followed him...

EJ Cumbo sprayed line drives all over the outfield’s green turf. Some one-hopped the outfield fence, others left scorched earth on their way to the gaps. The hottest hitter in the Northeast Region was putting on a show on the eve of the baseball program’s first postseason appearance in six years. Cumbo, a redshirt outfielder for the New York Instit...

It is with great pleasure to announce our first honoree for 2019. The IABF is proud to welcome our "2019 IABF Executive" honoree, Natalie Spedaliere. Natalie will be our first female honoree and has been a remarkable addition to the IABF family since joining the foundation. Her dedication to our mission has been extraordinary. Since coming to the I...

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats leave New Jersey with a win, thanks to their 4-1 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday morning. All four New Hampshire runs came off the bat of Albero Mineo, an 0-1 pitch that the Italian-born catcher took deep to right for the Fisher Cats’ second grand slam of the year. That would be all the offense New Hampshire...

When it rains, it pours: two Yogi Berra films are in the works, with options for both signed in recent months. One of the films will be a documentary, while the other will be a feature film. According to the Sports Business Journal, actor Nick Basta is taking care of the feature film and hopes to finish the screenplay later this year, while Peter S...

Leading the Chicago Cubs Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies in home runs (4), RBI (16), slugging percentage (.806) and on-base plus slugging (1.206), Team Italy slugger Robel Garcia is currently third in batting average (.323). Playing second and third base defensively, the 26-year-old infielder is making his second attempt to break into MLB afte...

Few Italian-Americans have made as big an impact on the world of baseball as 33-year-old, Francisco Cervelli. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Cervelli had an Italian immigrant father, Manuel, who encouraged him to play baseball during his youth in Venezuela. What happened next Cervelli could only have dreamt of when starting out in Venezuela. He was e...

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-...