My research has uncovered 852 total Italian American MLB players/umpires/managers, each of whom have their own page on this site. Of these, I have acquired 758 individual player’s 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‘
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All-Time Italian American MLB Team:
View our All-Time Italian American MLB Team
New Theme Tour: Visit the Great Italian American MLB Player Nickname Tour
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:
Site Contributor Shout Outs:
Thanks to Michael Marsh, SABR.org researcher, who sent along the list of Italian American MLB Managers who have won an MLB league pennant... I've added that information to the site and also included the photo he sent from his card collection of these 14 pennant-winning managers.
Thank you to Daniel Serafini, who donated 9 new player cards to the site, including Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Colavito, Craig Biggio, Joe Pepitone and two Tommy Lasorda cards. Your contribution has made the site better!
As always ... thanks to Italian American baseball researcher Gene Leggitt for his continuing support of this site!!
Thank you Nina LiPetri, who remembered her "wonderful Uncle" Angelo LiPetri
Thanks to Merv Williams who remembered watching Joe Brovia play for LA in the PCL
Thank you to John Manis for his memory of getting to go to a Tarpons game in '77 as a reward at school and watching Frank Pastore interact with fans
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!
Thank you to Michelle Ceccarelli for her memories of her father-in-law's brother, Art Ceccarelli.
Thanks to site visitor C. D'Angelo for alerting us to Gerrit Cole's Italian heritage!
See additional contributors on our "Shout Out" page
All-time Italian American MLB Player Positions:
Take a “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
MVP/Cy Youngs: Players who have won either a Cy Young or MVP Award
The Great Italian American Player Nickname Tour
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 MLB Managers
Italian American MLB Umpires
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/Guardians Players
Cincinnati Reds Players
Philadelphia Phillies Players
Detroit Tigers Players
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves Players
Pittsburgh Pirates Players
Phila/KC/Oakland Athletics Players
Pacific Coast League (PCL) Hall of Famers
Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Award Honorees
Italian Heritage Unsure: Players on this site that may/may not have Italian Heritage
Take the Baseball Amore MLB player Nickname Quiz
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
If this topic interests you, you might want to check out these books:
Check out “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 read is Larry Baldassaro’s latest book: “Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer”
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
- The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF)
Visit some of our favorite non-Italian-American Players:
- Thurman Munson
- Don Mattingly
- Ken Singleton
- Tony Gwynn
- Gil Hodges (Coming Soon)
- Stan Musial (Coming Soon)
- Paul O’Neill (Coming Soon)
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