Sport is a very important topic in our trip around the US looking for how, when and where Italians have left positive contributions to the growth of the American society. Sport champions are often true heroes, especially in the US: and some of those heroes have been Italian Americans, inspiring a strong and justified sense of pride in those fellow...

Just a few weeks ago, Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio would have turned 100 years old. Each year, as we swing into the baseball season, three things bring me to an out-of-body, "Field Of Dreams" experience: having a couple of smokie-link sandwiches in the left field box seats at Wrigley facing the base that Santo built; throwing down a cold one while wa...

by Robert Slayton   In this baseball season it is appropriate to celebrate Joe DiMaggio, who would have been 101 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. For all...

by Catherine Accardi   You can become a part of San Francisco's North Beach history and help create its future! Read on to find out how.   Although San Francisco had parks prior to the 1906 earthquake and fire, for the most part they were for sitting or strolling and not for recreational activities. In 1910, two open air swimming...

New York and baseball's Yankees, it's a love affair that might've ended in some recrimination in the previous fall, but in spring, hope does spring eternal, and the Yankees become the main game in town. The Yankees, who start their 114th MLB season on April 1 on the road, launch their home opener on April 7. Fans have a passionate love-hate relati...

Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio welcomed their son, Giuseppe Paolo, on November 25, 1914. His family lived in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California, where they worked as fisherman. When Joe was a boy, he and his brothers would play baseball at various sandlots and playgrounds around Fisherman's Warf. In 1932, h...

Raccontare identità e rappresentazione degli Italoamericani non è mai stata impresa facile. E lo ha confermato anche la presentazione del libro di Maria Laurino The Italian Americans. A History che si è tenuta la scorsa settimana alla Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò della New York University. Il libro accompagna l'omonimo documentario della PBS diret...

The Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago might be small, but it proudly holds onto its strong Italian heritage. Set between the two University of Illinois campuses near the west side, Little Italy once was the epicenter of the Italian community in Chicago.   Although the old neighborhood is now partly filled with college students, visitors c...

by Rolando Vitale   Between 1900 and 1955, Italian Americans captured the greatest proportion of world boxing titles. Fifty-one champions and title claimants rose to the top of their respective weight classes, more than any other ethnic group.   Yet the outside world was oblivious to this remarkable success with his Italian identity u...

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...