John Anthony Cangelosi was born on March 10, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. The small five foot eight inch, switch hitting Italian American, played hard to make up for his size.   After attending Miami Dade Community College, he was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1982. He stole 87 bases at A ball Appleton, in the Mid Western League, making...

by Barry Lewis   Northwest Arkansas Naturals infielder Alex Liddi has never played for the Tulsa Drillers, but he had a big game against several of his former teammates Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field.    Liddi, the first Italian-born and developed player to reach the majors, went 4-for-6 with two homers and four RBIs to power th...

Joseph Henry Garagiola was Born on February 12, 1926 in the Italian section of a neighborhood called the Hill, in St. Louis, Missouri.   Garagiola grew up across the street from Yogi Berra and the two became close friends throughout their life. Also on the same block would eventually live broadcaster Jack Buck & his son Joe Buck as well...

Who would have guessed that at least 454 Italian Americans have played baseball in the majorssince 1897? The San Francisco Bay Area produced many of baseball's pioneers and originated thesandlot playing field in the 1860s. In fact, the earliest West Coast games were played downtownon a sandlot where San Francisco City Hall stands today–ne...

Michael Conforto's first trip to New York City included viewing the Freedom Tower, heading to the top of the Empire State Building and taking batting practice with the New York Mets at Citi Field. It also included sampling the local cuisine. And it will soon include playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones.   "We've been eating a whole lot since we...

The San Diego arts and Italian American communities are coming together by supporting the ongoing efforts of the Reid Rizzo Foundation in assisting pediatric heart patients and their families while meeting one of the creative forces behind the Artists' Tribute to Italian Americans in Baseball Exhibit at the Convivio Center in Little Italy.  ...

During its 75-year history, the Baseball Hall of Fame has never enshrined three living managers at once. Until now. Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre rank third, fourth and fifth on the all-time wins list and will be recognized for their work July 27.   "I was on the (Expansion Era) Committee down in Florida when we voted on those...

There's a bright future for the Red Sox, and it's colored in green, white and red. On July 2, young baseball star Nicolò Clemente signed a multi-year contract for the Red Sox, becoming the first Italian to ever join Boston's roster. At 16, the native of Pianoro (Bologna) became the youngest Italian to sign for a Major League team, following last y...

John Lewis Pacella was born to an Italian /American family in Brooklyn New York, on September 15, 1956. When he was ten years old his family moved out to Suffolk County on Long Island, where he attended Connetquot High School. There he played ball in the Ronkonkoma/ Bohemia school district, getting drafted in the 4th round of the 1974 by New York...

I spent some time watching the Pirates go through drills and practice prior to their spring training game Monday against the Atlanta Braves. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli practiced like a highly energized baseball player, moving from one activity to another without slowing down.   Read more   Source: http://www.ellwoodcityl...