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...

After the successful launch of the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Facebook Livestream with 2019 IABF Achievement Award winner Frank Catalanotto, IABF Spaghetti and Baseballs co-hosts Chris Colabello and IABF Executive Board Director Natalie Spedaliere did not disappoint last week with Chicago Cubs coaches Mike Napoli and Anthony Iapoce...

Can a soccer match unite a divided nation, cement people of different ages, convince one nation to be stronger than another, remain in the memory of future generations, become a scene told for decades by writers, intellectuals, poets, filmmakers? Yes, it can. It happened on June 17th, 1970, 50 years ago, in Mexico. The protagonists were Italy and G...

The Maserati brand has achieved international fame for the design, style and performance of its unique cars. With a tradition and history of successes on the roads and circuits all over the world, Maserati’s victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence. In fact, racing has always been in Maserati’s DNA: it was in competition that...

Italy national football team, nicknamed the Azzurri, are considered to be one of the giants of international football with 4 FIFA World Cup and 1 UEFA Euro. Two of their World Cups came early into the World Cup era under their legendary head coach Vittorio Pozzo, in 1934 and ’38 respectively. Thus, Italy became the first European side to win the WC...

Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi said Friday he was confident that the ATP and WTA Rome clay-court tournament could now be played in September. This year's edition had been scheduled to start at the Foro Italico on May 11, but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I think that, barring major upheavals, we are going...

Poggio Mirteto, Cantalupo, Casperia, Vacone, Configni, Stroncone. Hilltop towns in the ancient land of Sabina, calling to each other across parched patchworks of vineyard and cornfield. Woods, orchards, olive groves. You could drive to these places, of course. But my experience is, when you arrive on foot they are different. They are better. And be...

Italian swimmer Ilaria Murzilli from Rome, Italy has verbally committed to Nebraska. She is expected to join the Cornhuskers in the fall of 2021. I am very happy to be able to announce my commitment to swimming and studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I chose this university because I am sure it can give me great opportunities for sports...

Phil Villapiano wasn’t entirely sure about his transition to the NFL despite a stellar career as a defensive end at Bowling Green. Then came the 1971 Senior Bowl and a performance that got him inducted into the legendary game’s Hall of Fame. “I get invited to come to Mobile, Alabama,” he said during his induction. “I didn’t even know where Mobile,...

Italian baseball jerseys lined the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Nettuno in celebration of the newly-launched virtual Baseball Museum, a website created by the 'Il Bar del Baseball' Association on June 9, 2020. Building upon the initial groundwork of Enciclopedia del Baseballby Giorgio Gandolfi and Enzo Di Gesù 35 years ago, the online Bas...