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My research has uncovered 847 total Italian American MLB players/umpires/managers, each of whom have their own page on this site. Of these, I have acquired 753 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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Fred Cambria*: Played 1 yr in MLB for the Pirates, 3.51 ERA

All-Time Italian American MLB Team:

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New Theme Tour: Visit the Great Italian American MLB Player Nickname Tour

Recent site player additions: Mark Teixeira, Matt Holliday, Josh Towers, Mike Yastrzemski, Adam Eaton, Brayan Rocchio, Sal Frelick, Joe LaSorsa, Blair Calvo, Jonny Deluca, Jared Triolo, Dominic Canzone, Ben Zobrist, Lucas Duda and Slade Cecconi

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:

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 JC, who alerted us the heritage of Mark Teixeira, Matt Holliday, Mike Yastrzemski, Josh Towers and more, and the site

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

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!

See additional contributors on our "Shout Out" page

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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 Sports Hall of Fame members

Italian American MLB Managers

Italian American MLB Umpires

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Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves Players

Pittsburgh Pirates Players

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

Women in Pro Baseball/AAGPBL

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

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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 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

Love New York, baseball and fiction? Check out award-winning Bronx-born author Mike Delucia‘s work on Amazon:

Being Brothers tells the story (screenplay style) of young Jackie Amato, a kid from the Bronx, growing up during the seventies
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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.

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