When it was announced that former Team Italy manager Gilberto (Gibo) Gerali was appointed the director of the newly-created Parma and Crocetta Baseball Development Academy on the same day as the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Gala in Brooklyn, New York on December 2, 2021, Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) President Andrea...

In today's world, language is something extremely delicate. Whether it is good or bad, we gladly leave it to the readers' judgment. What is certain is that sensitivity is definitely higher than it used to be. Italian Americans have always been the object of nicknames and monikers that have never been positive, affectionate or friendly, as it could...

Tollo Mayor Angelo Radica welcomes FIBS President Andrea Marcon and Laura Lasorda for the official signing of the Tollo and Fullerton Sister City agreement and weekend celebration Tollo Mayor Angelo Radica will sign the official Sister City agreement with Fullerton, California on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11 am in honor of Tommy Lasorda and his pare...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) hosted its first Bay Area Collegiate Games in April. Underscoring the mission of IABF, this international showcase brought players from Italy to compete against colleges on the west coast in hopes of landing scholarships and growing the cultural connection between both countries in the spirit of baseb...

For years, critics cried about the Yankees‘ lack of left-handed bats to balance the lineup. Turns out what they were really missing was an old Italian to sit on the porch all day. Anthony Rizzo, fresh off a third-place finish in the 2022 Offseason First Base Race (according to Yankee fans and rivals), has opened the season looking like an energized...

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team did more than spotlight a piece of local history when it changed its name to the Guardians after the 2021 season. The renaming also shined light on a point of pride for the area’s Italian American community. The Guardians’ name is taken from the “Guardians of Traffic,” eight massive Art Deco sculptures that st...

Prof. Lawrence A Baldassaro's latest book, Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer, has been selected to receive the 2022 SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Baseball Research Award. Baldassaro is a professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a frequent contributor to SABR publications. Lazzeri...

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their general manager in 2005 and he has been with the organization ever since, all the while becoming a key figure in the franchise’s history. Colletti worked as the general manager through the 2014 season and despite the limited resources given to him from then-owner Frank McCourt for the majority of...

Imagine being a lifelong Yankees fan and fulfilling a dream of pitching in pinstripes – with your big-league debut against the Boston Red Sox. At Yankee Stadium, in front of a packed house. That scene unfolded on Saturday afternoon for Ron Marinaccio, though it might not have been the most nerve-wracking moment of his day. Awarded the “championship...

Joey Gallo, who has been playing for the New York Yankees for over a year now, is a crucial part of the Yankees’ roster. Many people might know, that Joey Gallo has Italian roots. And the Yankees’ slugger never shies away from embracing his love for Italy. Recently, he opened up about his connections with Italy and a unique reason why his family br...