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...

"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." –Leonardo da VinciThis quote by Leonardo da Vinci sums up the journey that defines Antonio "Tony" Russo's life. Although by looking at him today, you'd never know it.   Trophies, congratulatory letters, and piles of newspa...

The Italian American Society presented Ken, Derek and Brad Leonard with an award on Monday at its annual Charity Gala dinner for their work with local high school athletes and their achievements in coaching. The three were named the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Honorees of the Year for charity and motivation. Ken Leonard has won three...

Youngstown native and former lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini has been elected into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.   "It's exciting for me, because Nevada has a special place in my career," Mancini told 21 Sports. He was 6-3 in his career in Nevada, and lost the final three fights of his career there to Livingston Bramble,...

Sal Patitucci came to the United States in 1960 from Italy and dedicated himself to sports and keeping the local Italian-American community updated with his daily radio show. Recently, it was time for Pittsburghers to show their appreciation.   At the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on April 10 at the Westin Convention...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Monday awarded Schaumburg Boomers owner Patrick A. Salvi the first ever Tommy Lasorda Legends Award for contributions made to the game of baseball. Salvi, a Chicago trial lawyer, also owns the Gary Southshore Railcats in the American Association and the college wood bat franchise, NorthShore Na...

Giving back has been a priority for Ken Kolnicki for most of his 65 years. And the Clarendon Hills resident was recognized May 10 with a humanitarian award by the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization.   Q. How long have you been involved with the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization? A. About 25 years. I'm a...

We've been worried about the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame for a while. The Little Italy landmark has been in trouble with its bank for some time now, and the prospect of it being shut down was saddening. But with powerful backers like sports mogul Jerry Colangelo — the man whom the museum's building is named after — it didn't succ...

The achievement Tom Izzo said he never dreamed of is upon him. Izzo was announced as a member of the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class during a Monday morning unveiling here in Houston.   The honor, regarded as the highest achievement a college basketball coach can attain, comes after Izzo took Michigan State's basket...

Five-time world artistic pool champion Stefano Pelinga, one of the 2012 Iron Mountain Italian Fest attractions, has entered the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.   "It's been a great experience," Pelinga told Inside Pool magazine. Pelinga, who received his Hall of Fame medal from baseball great Mike Piazza, will continue to promote...