Years before he decided to make boxing his everything, South Philadelphia’s Sonny Conto had visions of one day pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. The rising heavyweight prospect gets to merge those two worlds, even if only for a night. Conto will serve as the guest of honor for the Phillies’ 12th annual Italian-American Heritage Celebration ga...

After throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts on July 1 and then following up with his second win for the Rocky Mountain Vibesthis season on July 6, the Team Italy right-hander and Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Michele Vassalotti was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week on July 7,...

Team Italy slugger Leo Seminati demonstrated his pop at the plate when he doubled in his second at-bat and followed with back-to-back home runs to catapult the Cincinnati Reds Rookie Advanced affiliate Billings Mustangs to a 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers affiliate Rocky Mountain Vibes at UCHealth Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July...

It’s impossible to get through a day in Chicago without thinking about Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Whether you’re a North sider or a South sider, references to Rizzo’s charity are deeply ingrained in the city. When you order dinner at Buona Beef — a local Italian beef chain — one of your options is a beef sandwich called “The Anthony...

Following in the footsteps of the recent MLB signings of fellow Italian-born and developed pitchers Daniele Di Monte (Detroit Tigers) and Matteo Bocchi (Chicago Cubs), 17-year-old Azzurri lefty Samuel Aldegheri has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Expected to report to the Phillies Spring Training Facility in Clearwate...

Rocky Colavito was on the other end of the phone. I called the former Tribe star to talk about his July 5 appearance at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square during All-Star weekend in Cleveland. He will be joined by former Tribe teammates Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant and Vern Fuller. “Is the theater a nice place?” asked Colavito. “You’ll love it,” I s...

The year 2019 sees the ongoing celebration of the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the then young democracy of the United States and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The events, which last throughout the year, are organized by various public and private entities under the patronage of the American Consulate in Florence. It's just a coin...

After two successful clinics led by John Franco, Mark Cardillo and Roberto De Franceschi in Rome and Nettuno last summer, the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) returns to Italy for a series of youth baseball and softball clinics from July 13-19, 2019. Italian baseball and softball players born between 2003 to 2012 are invited to participa...

Our 1st IABF Sponsored College Showcase is scheduled for August 15 on the Campus of NYIT. The IABFshowcase allows young, talented players to learn from top college coaches while showcasing your abilities to elite college programs and pro scouts.  Among the colleges that have committed are NYIT, UConn, Sacred Heart, U of Maine, Fordham, Post U and s...

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born on May 12, 1925 in St. Louis Missouri to Italian immigrant parents. He started playing baseball in the local legion leagues, where he learned the fundamentals of batting and catching. Originally, Yogi Berra was overlooked by the St. Louis Cardinals in favor of his friend Joe Garagiola Sr., however that was some...