Frank Viola - Sweet Music
Click “Browse” below to tour all players, or click Frank “Sweet Music” Viola’s card to visit his page.

My research has uncovered 822 total Italian American MLB players/umpires/managers, each of whom have their own page on this site. Of these, I have acquired 729 individual player’s baseball cards.

Every card on this site is a card I own!


Kudos to Ralph Russo for creating Baseball Amore, an impressive and extensive compilation of information about Italian American Major Leaguers.”
     Lawrence Baldassaro, author of ‘Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball‘, and ‘Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer


Visit a Random Player:

Lennie Merullo: The first of 4 generations of pro players

All-Time Italian American MLB Team:

View the Baseball Amore All-Time Italian American MLB Team


New site player additions September/October/November 2022: Harrison Bader, Miles Mastrobuoni, Mike Siani, Joe Lonnett, Logan O’Hoppe, Michael Kay, Sam Haggerty, Matt Quatraro Nicky Lopez, Cade Cavalli, and Michael Toglia


We are proud to partner with the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF). The IABF is dedicated to to the future of baseball & softball for Italian & Italian-American youths on the high school, college and professional levels. While we move forward, IABF – and this site – help us remember those who paved the way.

Visit their homepage and learn more about the scholarships, events, awards, games and other ways in which the IABF enriches and honors IA baseball professionals and youth.

Visit player pages who have been honored by IABF here


Site Contributor Shout Outs:

Thanks to Michael Abatemarco who corrected the high school attended by Sal Campisi, which we were able to confirm on Baseball Reference

Welcome to the site Linda DiLodovico, who is the niece of Wedo Martini – she is excited to share the site page with Wedo’s children!

Thanks to Bernard who reached out to BA to inform us that Bob Giallombardo, who was his next door neighbor, passed away on Wednesday October 10/19/22 saying “Very nice guy. So sorry for his passing.” Thank you for letting us know Bernard.

Great comment by Jeff Torricelli about his family relationship to the great Phil Cavarretta

Thank you to Damon for pointing out Sam Haggerty’s Italian heritage; he was prompted to contact us after hearing Sam’s walk-up song (“The Godfather Waltz”).

Great to hear from visitor Paul Tennihan who remembers going to Essex Catholic High School with Bob Molinaro – thanks for sharing!

Mille Grazie to Herb Tamres who posted about his time at Lafayette High School together with Bob Aspromonte, Sandy Koufax and Al “The Bull” Ferrara.

Thank you to Michelle Ceccarelli for her memories of her father-in-law’s brother, Art Ceccarelli.

Big thanks for the info on Justin Verlander‘s Italian Heritage from Twitter user @Shawn_Spradling – it seems that Justin’s maternal grandmother is Italian-American, with both her parents from Italy.

Thanks to site visitor C. D’Angelo for alerting us to Gerrit Cole’s Italian heritage!

… and, as always, thanks to Chris Leggitt for his continuing support of this site!!

See additional contributors on our “Shout Out” page


All-time IA Player Positions:


Take a Baseball Amore “Theme Tour”

Theme Tours are Direct links between thematically-related players/cards:

Current MLB Italian American Players


Visit Italian American National Baseball Hall of Fame Players


View all Topps Cards Designs (1951 to Present) thru IA Players


Tour all Italian American MLB All-Star Players

(112 Players in 362 appearances)


MVP/Cy Youngs: Players who have won either a Cy Young or MVP Award


Visit all the MLB players that were Born in Italy


See players Born in New York City (and LI)


Browse Italian American MLB Players Born in San Francisco/Oakland/Sacramento CA


Players who were Born in NJ


Players born in Chicago


View all the Italian American Players in the Jazz song: “Van Lingle Mungo


Military Service during Wartime: IA Players who served during a War for the US


Italian American Sports Hall of Fame members


Italian American MLB Managers


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Italian American MLB Umpires


Brooklyn/LA Dodgers


New York Yankee players


New York/San Francisco Giants players


St. Louis Cardinals players


Chicago Cubs players


Boston Red Sox players


Chicago White Sox Players


Cleveland Indians Players


Cincinnati Reds Players


Philadelphia Phillies Players


Detroit Tigers Players


Pittsburgh Pirates Players


Women in Pro Baseball/AAGPBL


Pacific Coast League (PCL) Hall of Famers


Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Award Honorees


Italian Heritage Unsure: Players that may/may not have Italian Heritage


MLB Players interviewed by historian Lawrence Baldassaro on his podcast “Baseball Italian Style” You can visit the Baseball Italian Style website here


Request Player Additions:

If you notice any players that are missing from this site, please drop me a note through my suggest a player form and I will update.

Report Site Corrections

If there’s a player listed here that you don’t think has Italian American heritage, or you spot an error of any type, please let me know through my contact form.


Download Excel Sheets for All Italian American Players, and Tour Lists



Further Reading: If this topic interests you, you might want to check out the book: Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball by Lawrence Baldassaro, Dom DiMaggio (forward). I read it, and it was very interesting, from both the sport and cultural points of view.


Another great book is “Reaching for the Stars: A Celebration of Italian Americans in Baseball” by Larry Freundlich (Editor)


…and another… “Baseball Italian Style” by Lawrence Baldassaro


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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Baseball Amore! Celebrating Italian American MLB players & cards

  1. Stoney Gaddy says:

    Joe and Joe on the art of on-deck preparation and showmanship. A couple of my favorite baseball personalities growing up. Joe Garagiola was one of the most prolific voices of baseball in the 1970s and 1980s. Of course, Joe Torre was a great ball player and an even better manager.
    Here’s a great pre-game video clip from the 1975 All-Star game in Milwaukee.
    https://youtu.be/1ej809nJH5E

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