The Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame has closed its museum at 1431 W. Taylor St., with George Randazzo, Hall of Fame founder and president, promising a “premier” new location that will include the Joe DiMaggio statue that has stood across the street since 1999. The Hall of Fame organization took the $150,000 Joe DiMaggio statue with it when it...

On February 7, 1949, "Joltin Joe" DiMaggio became the first player in the history of the American League to crack six figures when he inked a one year deal with the New York Yankees that would pay him $100,000. The first player to sign for six figures was Hank Greenberg in '47, when he inked a deal with the Pirates that paid him $100,000. The year...

Play ball! Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? He’s safe, but he’s not where you think. The $150,000 statue of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, which was abruptly removed from a plaza across the street from the closed National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame — leading to an uproar from some Little Italy residents — is now being housed in Elk Grove...

For more than 20 years, a statue of Joe DiMaggio has called Little Italy home since Piazza DiMaggio was dedicated to the New York baseball player in 1998. The legendary Yankees ballplayer even attended the ceremony when the plaza was dedicated to him. But late last week, the statue in the plaza at 1004 S. Bishop St. was abruptly removed and is now...

To enter, click here and comment, answering the question, "Who is your all-time favorite Italian-American baseball player?" Leave your comment before 5:00pm EST on November 2, and be entered to win a Joe DiMaggio autographed baseball. The baseball comes with a James Spence (JSA) authentication. Italian America Magazine is the official publication o...

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 of Italy in what I like to te...

November 30, Thursday, 5:30 .pm. Stony Brook University, New York 11790. Center for Italian Studies/ Book Presentation: “Dinner with Di Maggio” with co-author Dr. John Positano. Books will be available for purchase and autographing by Dr. John Positano. Location: Center for Italian Studies in Stony Brook University's Frank Melville Memorial Library...

In one of the most storied and beloved championship sports cities in America, an ostentatious statue of New York Yankee legendary center fielder Joe DiMaggio stands in the middle of Taylor Street in Chicago. That's because across the street from the massive sculpture of the Yankee Clipper is home to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame...

I couldn’t wait to read a new book called Dinner with DiMaggio by Dr. Rock Positano. The author is a New York podiatrist I consulted in the early 1990s for an excruciating heel injury I got from jogging on the sidewalks of New York. A specialist in non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, Dr. Positano said I had plantar fasciitis, a commo...

Joe DiMaggio was the greatest, but he was not the first neither the last; hundreds of Italian Americans and some Italians pursued like him the dream of a better life by hitting a ball. DiMaggio came in with an incredible impact on the lives of the American people, on the pages of glossy magazines: he was a modern star, the new hero of the Land of O...