As current president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and someone who has been blessed to call Tommy Lasorda a close friend for more than 30 years because of it, I was deeply saddened this week as we lost another American hero. The Hall of Fame began as an Italian American Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977, founded by George Randazzo...

The Lombardi Trophy is presented to the Super Bowl Champion each year. It's a silver trophy with a regulation-sized silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramidal stand consisting of three concave sides. Tiffany & Company has produced the trophy since it was designed in 1967 for the first NFL-AFL Championship game. According to the Pr...

For many of us, looking ahead to the year 2021 represents a possible return to “normal”… but in the heart of one of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhoods, a more than 40 old Italian American institution is gearing up to reclaim its rightful spot on the Italian American map! This week, host John Viola is sitting down with longtime friend, and newly-a...

After making a highlight-reel grab, the Cubs’ infielders know they just have to get the baseball into the vicinity of first base most of the time. Anthony Rizzo will take care of the rest. Rizzo’s skills as a defender paid off again on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first base in the National Leagu...

Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza is a musical odyssey documentary featuring the music of Grammy nominee Pato Banton. Produced by award-winning director Roberto Angotti, Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza highlights the celebrated career of National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.The film’s opening scene takes place at the 2020...

Greetings from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame! The decision to cancel the 34th annual NIASHF banquet was a difficult one, but the safety of our friends and awardees was our top priority. One of our primary goals of the event is to raise funds to award scholarships to deserving Pittsburgh area youth of all backgrounds, who demonst...

In light of the recent discussions about Christopher Columbus, Chicago’s Italian American community will come together this Sunday, August 30 at Noon for a “North Side Italian American Heritage Rally”. The event will take place outdoors in the parking lot of the new location of The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 3417 North Harlem Av...

For 7 years I have been dealing with everything that is Italian American on a daily basis, and by now I have learned to recognize when a name comes back often, involved in many things: that is a leader of the community in which he/she lives and works. This is what happens in the Italian American community in Chicago: if there is music or the celebr...

Ron Onesti, newly elected President of The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, held a press conference to announce the purchase of a building at 3417 North Harlem in Chicago. The Not-For-Profit organization spent the last twenty years at its former location on Taylor Street in Chicago. The NIASHF has been the dream of its founder and for...

I am honored to have been recently elected president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. It is a 45-year-old organization of which I have been greatly involved. The founder and former president, George Randazzo, died unexpectedly. I was chosen to lead the group, charged with fostering his legacy and his dream. Now, one of my dream...