yogi berra, 1951 bowman #2
Click “Browse”, or click Yogi to start the tour

My research has uncovered 815 total Italian American MLB players/umpires/managers, each of whom have their own page on this site. Of these, I have acquired 722 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:

Tom "The Candyman" Candiotti: 16 yr MLB career, appeared in movie "61"

View the Baseball Amore All-Time Italian American MLB Team

New site player additions August/September 2022: Vinnie Pasquantino, Justin Verlander, Joe Musgrove, Ben Deluzio, Harrison Bader, Miles Mastrobuoni, Mike Siani, and Joe Lonnett

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:

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

Take a Baseball Amore “Theme Tour”

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

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

Italian American Sports Hall of Fame members

Current MLB IA Players

Italian American MLB Managers


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

Other Great Sites

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball” (Jacques Barzun)

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.

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