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Dom DiMaggio

Dominic Paul DiMaggio was born on February 12, 1917 born to Sicilian immigrants, Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations. Dom was nicknamed “The Little Professor”,  and was an American Major League Baseball center fielder. He played his entire 11-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox (1940–1953). DiMaggio was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders, the others… Continue Reading…

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Vince DiMaggio

Vincent Paul DiMaggio was born September 6, 1912, in Martinez, California, to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations. Vince was the oldest brother of Joe and Dom DiMaggio. Vince DiMaggio was the first DiMaggio brother to play Major League Baseball. He was a center fielder. During a 10-year baseball career, Vince played for the Boston Bees (1937–1938), Cincinnati… Continue Reading…

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Michael Piazza

Sports, in particular, New York Sports teams were the binding factor of the 4 Generations of Ricciardelli. from my Grandfather Leo, my dad Anthony myself and  my Daughter Alayna. Then you can add in the Uconn Woman’s Basketball program. Since its spring and Baseball season just underway I’ll focus on Baseball Players of Italian American Heritage that made a difference to me and my family. I’d Like to focus on the National league teams, which of course would be the New York Giant’s the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York… Continue Reading…

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Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto was born on September 25, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was the son of a streetcar motorman and his wife, both of whom were originally from Calabria, Italy. Phil Rizzuto was such an integral part of the New York Yankees success in the 1940s and 1950s. – In that time the team won nine American League pennants and seven World Series titles. Phil Rizzuto played 13 seasons with the club. He was such a good player – that fellow Hall of Famer Ted Williams… Continue Reading…

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Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (born May 12, 1925) to Italian Immigrants, Yogi Berra is truly an Italian American Hero! A former Major League Baseball Catcher, Coach and Manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. He played in 4 games for the New York Mets as a player Coach. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League 3 times and is one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams… Continue Reading…

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Joe DiMaggio

Born as Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914, Joe DiMaggio was the fourth son, and eighth child of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations. DiMaggio’s father, Guiseppe, brought his family from Italy to the Martinez fishing community and then later, when Joe was one-year-old, to the Italian neighborhood North Beach… Continue Reading…

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