Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza

Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza

by Lawrence Baldassaro


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Baseball Italian Style brings together the memories of major leaguers of Italian heritage whose collective careers span almost a century, from the 1930s up to today. In these first-person accounts, baseball fans will meet at an intimate level the players they cheered as heroes or jeered as adversaries, as well as coaches, managers, front-office executives, and umpires.
The men who speak in this collection, which includes eight Hall of Famers (Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Santo, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tom Lasorda, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre) go beyond facts and figures to provide an inside look at life in the big leagues.
Their stories provide a time capsule that documents not only the evolution of Italian American participation in the national pastime but also the continuity of the game and the many changes that have taken place, on and off the field. At a time when statistical analysis plays an increasingly prominent role in the sport, the monologues in this book are a reminder that the history of baseball is passed on to future generations more eloquently, and with much greater passion, through the words of those who lived it than it is by numerical data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683581116
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 739,840
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Baldassaro, Professor Emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the author of Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball, editor of Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life, and co-editor of The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity. He has published articles in numerous sports encyclopedias and journals, has been a contributing writer for the Milwaukee Brewers Game Day magazine since 1990, and wrote the chapter on sports for The Routledge History of Italian Americans. He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xi

1930-39 1

Frank Crosetti 3

Phil Cavarretta 7

Angelo "Tony" Giuliani 13

Nino Bongiovanni 17

Dario Lodigiani 20

Sibby Sisti 26

1940-49 31

Dom DiMaggio 33

Phil Rizzuto 42

Lennie Merullo 49

Yogi Berra 54

Johnny Antonelli 57

1950-59 63

Tommy Lasorda 65

Joey Amalfitano 69

Ken Aspromonte 73

1960-69 79

Joe Torre 81

Ron Santo 86

Jim Fregosi 93

Tony La Russa 98

Rico Petrocelli 101

Al "The Bull" Ferrara 105

Sal Bando 109

Bobby Valentine 117

1970-79 123

Larry Bowa 125

Steve Palermo 134

Dave Righetti 144

Larry Lucchino 155

1980-89 161

Mike Scioscia 163

Ned Colletti 170

Matt Galante 178

Chris Bosio 181

Ken Caminiti 189

Craig Biggio 193

Joe Girardi 198

1990-99 201

Mike Piazza 203

Jerry Colangelo 209

Joe Garagiola Jr. 214

Frank Catalanotto 217

2000-09 225

Barry Zito 227

Jason Grilli 232

Chris Capuano 239

Joey Votto 247

Dan Bellino 253

Rick Porcello 261

2010 269

Anthony Rizzo 271

Note: Individuals are listed according to the decade they began their major-league career.

Appendix 275

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