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Monday
Aug122013

EDDIE ARCARO

Eddie Arcaro is one of the best-known jockeys in the history of horse racing, called "the Master" for his riding skills, good sense of pace and the ability to switch his whip from one hand to the other during a race. Eddie rode five Kentucky Derby winners -- a record he shares with Bill Hartack -- a record six Preakness winners and six Belmont winners. Born on February 19, 1916, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Pasquale and Josephine, Italian immigrants, George Edward Arcaro weighed just three (more)

Thursday
Jul252013

ALAN AMECHE

Born on March 1, 1933, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Lino Dante "Alan" Amici was an American football player who played with the Baltimore Colts after winning the Heisman Trophy in college at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His father, Augusto, from Montemonacoin the province of Ascoli PicenoMarche, and his mother, Elizabeth, were Italian immigrants who came to the United States in the 1930s, although they returned for a year to Italy during his childhood. He was a cousin of famous actors (more)

Wednesday
Jul172013

TONY CONIGLIARO

Born in RevereMassachusetts, on January 7, 1945, Anthony Richard Conigliaro, nicknamed "Tony C" and "Conig", was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels. Tony batted .267, with 162 home runs and 501 RBI during his 802-game Red Sox career. He holds the MLB record for most home runs (24) hit by a teenage player. Tony came from a close-knit family: parents Sal and Theresa, brothers Richie and Billy. He grew up in East Boston and Swampscott (more)

Tuesday
Jun112013

ROCKY MARCIANO

Born on September 1, 1923 in the north side of Brockton, Massachusetts, Rocco Francis Marchegiano was an Italian-American boxer, the World Heavyweight Champion from September 1952 to April 1956, and the only boxer to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. His father, Pierino Marchegiano, was from Ripa Teatina, Abruzzo, while his mother, Pasqualina Picciuto, was from San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Campania. Rocky had three sisters: AliceConcetta and Elizabeth, and two brothers—Peter, whom they called Sonny, and Louis. He dropped out of (more)

Wednesday
Apr172013

VINCENT PAZZETTI

The first Italian-American to be named All-American, quarterback Vince "Pat" Pazzetti was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on January 2 1890. He was named to the National Football Hall of Fame in January 1961. A three-sport star at Wellesley High School, Pazzetti advanced to Wesleyan University for two football seasons in 1908 and 1909. In 1910, he went to Lehigh University where he graduated in 1913 with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering. He then became the captain of the football team (more)

Monday
Apr152013

GRAN FONDO NEW YORK

On its third edition, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York is a 100-mile cycling challenge for 7,000 riders from over 70 countries that will take place on May 19, 2013. It is not a trip for the casual rider, not a 'marathon' with a start and a finish line, but a personal challenge, a timed course, a true Gran Fondo in line with the Italian tradition. Gran Fondo New York is the brainchild of Lidia and Uli Fluhme. (more)

Monday
Apr152013

AMERICA'S CUP WORLD SERIES 2012-2013

Preparations are in full swing in Naples, Italy, for the America’s Cup World Series, which begins on April 16. It is the third and final event of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series season and the last competition for teams before the Summer of Racing in San Francisco. Half a million spectators (more)

Thursday
Apr112013

CHARLES ATLAS

Angelo Siciliano, better known as “Charles Atlas”, was an Italian-American bodybuilder and entrepreneur who is considered a founding father of modern-day body-building and fitness. Born in Acriin the Calabria region, in 1892, ‘Angelino’ emigrated to the United States in 1904, at age 11, probably with his mother Teresa. His father, Santo, was a farmer and he came to the US six years before, in 1898, to join his brother Gennaro who (more)

Wednesday
Apr032013

YOGI BERRA

"Baseball," I said. "Baseball is what I want." Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, winner of 10 world championships (most in baseball history), was born on May 12, 1925 in St. LouisMissouri. His home was across the street from catcher Joe (more)

Tuesday
Mar262013

LEWIS “Buttercup Dickerson” PESSANO 

Lewis Pessano was the first Italian-American to play in the major leagues. Known as “Buttercup Dickerson”, he led the National League in triples with 14 in 1879, and in 1881 he was the fifth person in the League to have six hits at six at-bats. He retired with a lifetime batting average .284. Born on October 11, 1858 in Tyaskin, Maryland, 5’6″ and 140 pounds, Pessano played seven years in the majors, making his debut in 1878 as the starting outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. (more)

Saturday
Mar092013

ROY CAMPANELLA

Italian-African-American baseball player Roy Campanella was born on November 19, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He led National League catchers in putouts six times, and clubbing 242 home runs in his 10-year Major League career. Roy played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s. Roy's father, John Campanella, was the son of Sicilian immigrants and his mother Ida was African American. Roy was barred from Major League Baseball until 1947 (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

VINCE LOMBARDI THE GREATEST FOOTBALL COACH

Vincent Thomas Lombardi is arguably the greatest football coach of all time. His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turn the Green Bay Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960s. The National Football League's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor. He never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

TONY MORABITO DIED WATCHING HIS 49ERS

Tony Morabito is the founder of the San Francisco 49ers. "People outside didn't know Tony," said Joe Vetrano, a former 49er, "he never forgot a 49er." Morabito died on October 27, 1957, in his 50-yard-line seat in the press box at Kezar Stadium. He was 47. (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

LOU LITTLE, COACH OF THE ERA

Born Luigi Piccolo, literally "little Luigi", in Boston on December 6, 1893, he moved to Leominster. His career record as a coach in 33 years (1924-1956) is 149-122-11. His College Football Hall of Fame biography states: "He was a man who cared more for the personal growth and well-being of his players than he did for his won-lost record. (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

CHARLEY TRIPPI, FOOTBALL'S SCINTILLATING SICILIAN

Charley Trippi, the “Scintillating Sicilian”, is one of the greatest football players of all time. Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968, Charley was born on December 14, 1921 in Pittston, Pennsylvania. "I grew up in an anthracite mining community where everybody worked awfully hard at mining coal and (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

DI MAGGIO BROTHERS - BASEBALL'S 1st FAMILY

How many of you know that Joe Di Maggio had two brothers who played in the major leagues? Older brother Vincenzo “Vince” Di Maggio played as an outfielder with the Boston Braves, the Cincinatti Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Giants (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH THE UMPIRE, CAN YOU?

It happens in all sports: a game official makes what looks like a “blown call” and the player goes ballistic. What starts out as an impartial interpretation of a play disintegrates quickly into a turf war. This scenario is not new to sport. Many of my fondest memories of sports history and its legendary characters involve an (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

PING BODIE ‘THE WONDERFUL WOP’

Frank ‘Ping Bodie’ Pezzolo, born Francesco Stefano Pezzolo on October 8, 1887 in San Francisco, was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White SoxPhiladelphia Athletics, and New York Yankees. You will read that Frank was nicknamed "Ping" for the way the ball sounded when he hit it with his bat. Not true. (more)