Chaperoned by his parents after just becoming a teenager, James Fiorentino took an artist's leap of faith by bringing a prized Joe DiMaggio painting he had done of the legendary Yankee great to an autograph show that DiMaggio was appearing at.   Fiorentino reminisced: "He was always tough at these things and usually didn't sign artwork. He l...

By George Blecher   May 12 marked Yogi Berra Day in New York and New Jersey, and except for the Drums of Thunder, a drum corps of fourth and fifth graders from Hillside Elementary School in Montclair, it was a quiet, tender affair — part photo opportunity, part nostalgia.   Yogi Berra. the New York Yankees' Hall of Fame catcher of the...

It started on May 15, 1941, with a single against Eddie Smith of the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Seventy-five years later, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak remains baseball's most iconic record. The Yankee Clipper's Summer of 56 captivated a nation still recovering from the Great Depression.   As the streak mounted, following DiMaggio...

by Dan Epstein   Lenny Randle is a man on a mission. "I'm trying to find the next Joe DiMaggio," he says. "I'm gonna bring the next Mike Piazza, the next Roy Campanella, the next Yogi Berra over to America."   Sure, everybody in baseball wants to discover prospects with Hall of Fame potential. But Randle believes he'll find them in a...

by Kathy Salvati   Talk about having a full plate! Claudio Reilsono is the Head baseball coach at Carnegie Mellon University, the General Manager/Professional baseball scout for the Global Scouting Bureau and as you will see, that's not all... Q. Claudio, what got you interested in baseball?   CR. My Mom & Dad were from Ital...

by Andrew Simon Frank Malzone, a longtime Red Sox third baseman who spent 68 years in the organization, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at his home in Needham, Mass., the team announced. He was 85. Malzone was part of the first class inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995. He played for Boston from 1955-65, and after finishing...

by Phil Angelo   From 1932 to 1953, every New York Yankee team that won the World Series had at least two Italian-Americans in the lineup. Joe DiMaggio is best known, but there was also Yogi (Lawrence) Berra, Phil (Fiero) Rizzuto, Vic Raschi, Frankie Crosetti and Tony Lazzeri.   Lazzeri was the first Italian-American baseball sta...

by Catherine Accardi   Before San Francisco had bat-wielding orange and black Giants roaming the fields, baseball fields that is, Seals sauntered around our local stadiums, including Seals Stadium.   Exhilarated after the recent Giants' World Series win, I pondered the bay area's admirable baseball legacy. It is quite fine. And, while...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - 3:30 p.m. bus departs IAHFIt's San Francisco Giants 2014 Italian Heritage Night! Our special event ticket package includes one ticket for the game (will be provided upon boarding) vs. the San Diego Padres, and access to the Italian Heritage Night pre-game party hosted by the Giants from 5:00-7:00 p.m. cultural entertainment,...

Coming off stellar performances for Team Italy in both the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics, the love for Padres' outfielder Chris Denorfia overflows well beyond San Diego's Little Italy to the motherland where his paternal grandmother Michelina lived.