by Maria Guardado   In an election that some would view as overdue, former Mets catcher Mike Piazza was voted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. Piazza, who was in his fourth year on the ballot, earned 83 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America electorate, surpassing the 75 percent barrier req...

By Dick Kaegel   KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old shortstop Marten Gasparini, considered by some experts to be the most promising European prospect ever. Gasparini, from Cervignano, Italy, reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $1.3 million -- highest ever for a European, eclipsing the previous mark of...

We have an answer for that famous question Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle posed some 45 years ago: "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" The answer: Reno. Photographs and memorabilia of the late, great DiMaggio — from his early days with the San Francisco Seals to his Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees — are part of a remarkable documenta...

A beloved Dodger family member and icon, a renowned international baseball ambassador, and a very important ingredient to the Dodger brand, Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger Blue. When the club opened the new Tommy Lasorda Italian Trattoria at Dodger Stadium, it immediately became a fan favorite.   The legendary Hall of Famer worked together with...

The ballots have been cast and the votes are in! Thank you to the many readers who sent in their suggestions for this illustrious team. We hope that everyone has enjoyed the series. Here are the selections for the Italian Tribune's All Italian All Star Team. We have broken the team into American and National Leagues. Catcher - Lawrence Peter "Yogi...

Although San Diego can lay claim to Team Italy's lead off hitter/LA Dodgers infielder Nick Punto as their own born-and-raised MLB hero, Sanremo–a popular Italian Riviera resort town between Genoa and the French border–is the proud home of WBC teammate/Seattle Mariners third baseman Alex Liddi. Alex was literally weaned on baseball by his father, Ag...

By Niccoló Graffio   Since I began writing for this blog, my articles have dealt mainly with famous indigenous inhabitants of Southern Italy/Sicily. It behooves me to mention, though, since the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1861, the majority of the members of our ethnos were born outside the borders of the modern state...

The reviews are in. The new special edition Poufman, made for the MLB Fan Cave by italydesign.com, is a home run. The italydesign design team worked with their producer in Italy to create a special edition of the Poufman footstool covered in red and white leather with baseball stitching at the seams. The design is a hit and fits perfectly in the un...

by Robert A. Slayton   In this baseball season it is appropriate to celebrate Joe DiMaggio, who would have been one-hundred-and-one this year. One of the greatest baseball figures of his era, he played with grace yet power, creating records still unmatched by newer, better trained performers. But Joe DiMaggio gave this country something more...