Next Sunday, I am honored to speak at the Sons of Italy Columbus Day Dinner in Charleston. I grew up with an Italian father from McDowell County who always had great admiration for Italian-American athletes. No matter the team, he always liked Robustelli, Marchetti, DiMaggio, Berra, Crosetti, Rizzuto, Bellino, Cappaletti and others. I can’t name or...

Paul Pascucci wasn’t sure if he and the other inductees would be given a chance to say a few words, but that was OK because Pascucci doesn’t like talking about himself. But he did want to say thank you to everyone who touched his life along the way. Pascucci, a member of the North Tonawanda High School Class of 1970, was one of 14 members of the Cl...

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...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce inductees and honorees for the 40th Annual Induction & Awards Gala to take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 18th, at the Westin Chicago River North. Last year’s Sportsman of the Year award recipient, Eddie Greco of Greco and Sons, will chair the dinner. The program will b...

At what must be one of the world’s most narrowly focused museums, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors some 230 of the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to ever benefit athletics in the United States. The hall of fame encompasses a wide variety of games, from traditional sports like baseball an...

Former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is officially a candidate for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF).   Mancini (29-5, 23 KOs), the pride of Youngstown, Ohio, turned professional in 1979 and officially retired from the ring in 1992. From 1982 to 1984, he captured the he...

Join Mr. Fix-it, Lou Manfredini, as he embarks on a new broadcast series, On the Road with Lou, a bi-monthly live remote held at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area. Solve your latest do-it-yourself problems and have the chance to win great prizes, courtesy of Siding-1 Windows-1 Exteriors!   Lou's next broadcast will be on Satu...

While it's not quite the same honor that awaits him at the Hockey Hall of Fame a few years from now, NHL legend and former Bruins forward Mark Recchi was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame last week. Recchi was inducted on Nov. 17 in a hockey-centric ceremony along with New Jersey Devils President and Rhode Island lege...

Featuring 8 Exciting Bouts With Special Guest RAY "BOOM BOOM" MANCINI Former Lightweight Champion Elected To This Year's International Boxing Hall Of Fame Class!   TICKETS AND TABLES MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE AND INCLUDE – FOOD, BEER, AND SODA. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS (GENERAL ADMISSION STADIUM SEATING) - $100   Read more   Sourc...

Jim Fregosi, a baseball lifer who made six All-Star teams as a player and managed the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies to the National League pennant, but who is probably best known — by New Yorkers, at least — as the player the Mets received from the California Angels in exchange for the future Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan in one of baseball's more i...