The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to auto racing legend Mario Andretti at a Nov. 9 induction and awards gala at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont. A 1981 inductee of the hall of fame, Andretti earned victories in 111 races during a career that spanned five decades and six continents. Along the...

Rocky Colavito made a point of spending time with his fans when he played in Cleveland. Soon those fans will have more than memories to remember their beloved hero. A life-size statue of Colavito is being created by noted sculptor David Deming and will be placed in Tony Brush Park. It's an appropriate setting for the image of Rocco Domenico Colavit...

Mike Piazza lives by one rule as a parent: You don’t have to like me, but you do have to respect me. Actually, that's a pretty good rule for life, says the baseball Hall of Famer. "The first rule — to try to be happy — is to not care what people think," Piazza told TODAY Parents. Retired from the game in 2008, now living in Italy with his wife and...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) is proud to announce inductees and honorees for the 42nd Annual Induction & Awards Gala to take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 9th, in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. Many previous inductees, members of the media and individuals of the sports world will be...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sends its thoughts and condolences to the family of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) Chairman and Founder George Randazzo who suddenly passed away on July 28. Mr. Randazzo, 77, was a pivotal figure in the Italian American Community and was a recipient of the NIAF Community Le...

It is heartbreaking to announce the passing of George Randazzo, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President and Founder, who passed away yesterday, Sunday, July 28 at the age of 77. George was larger than life and had a heart of gold, devoting his life to his family, friends and to the Italian American community through the National Ita...

Staten Island author Andrew Paul Mele, who recently released a book titled, ‘Ceasars of the Diamond,’ will appear for a book signing Sunday in the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame room at the CYO-MIV Center in Prince’s Bay. Mele, an Annadale resident, penned the book in honor of Italian Americans in Major League Baseball between the years 1897-201...

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...

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...

Muai Thai Champion, Mixed Martial Arts Contender, Hollywood Actress and Fitness Model. From pioneering women’s MMA to blazing a trail in movies, Gina Carano is one of Hollywood’s most unique rising stars. Carano began her training with Muay Thai to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC.  Her popularity led to her being call...