Monday, February 2, 2009

Top Italian American Players of All-time

Italian Americans have a rich history of excellence in baseball  over the years. As a tribute to my pisanos, here's my list of the top Italian American baseball players of all-time by
 position:

STARTING PITCHERS

Johnny Antonelli
Sal Maglie
Vic Raschi
Kevin Tapani
Tom Candiotti
Jeff Fassero
Dave Giusti
Frank Viola
John Smoltz 
John Montefusco 
Pete Falcone 
Barry Zito


RELIEF PITCHERS

John Franco
Rick Botallico
Joe Sambito
Don Mossi
Dave Righetti
Ralph Branca

CATCHERS

Ernie Lombardi
Mike Piazza
Yogi Berra
Roy Campanella
John Romano
Joe Girardi

FIRST BASEMEN

Dolph Camilli
Phil Cavarretta
Joe Pepitone
Frank Torre
Jason Giambi


SECOND BASEMEN

Tony Lazzerri
Craig Biggio
Billy Martin
Steve Sax
Tony Cuccinello
Mark Lemke

SHORTSTOPS

Phil Rizzuto
Rico Petrocelli
Gary Di Sarcina
Larry Bowa
Frank Crosetti
Rich Aurilia

THIRD BASEMEN

Ron Santo
Joe Torre
Frank Malzone
Sal Bando
Ken Caminiti
Robin Ventura
Mike Pagliarulo
Gary Gaetti

OUTFIELDERS

Joe DiMaggio
Dom DiMaggio
Rocky Colavito
Carl Furillo
Tony Conigliaro
Dave Pasqua
Lee Mazilli
Jack Clark
Tito Francona
Pete Incaviglia 
Sam Mele 
Bernie Carbo 

MANAGERS

Tom LaSorda
Tony LaRussa
Joe Torre
Bobby Valentine
Mike Scoscia

COACHES

  Leo Mazzone 
Sal Varreale 
Joe Ferguson 




4 comments:

BASEBALL DAD said...

One name in there ,Jack Clark , I never would have thought was Italian. You could make about 6 pretty darn good teams out those players.

Volpi Pitcher said...

It's nice to see some italian american baseball recognition. Have you seen the baseball cards released recently by Order Sons of Italy in America. It's worth checking out.

jtforney said...

I have an Angels promotional bat that I believe is from the 70's and is signed by Gary Di Sacina. Does anyone know if it has any value?

Anthony said...

There are a number of great Italian American players. Here is a list I am working on http://italiansrus.com/resources/baseball.htm