Marty Appel tipped me off on these…
The National Ethnic Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy in America, have created a 100 baseball card set of “Italian Americans in Major League Baseball.”
I’ve been told that these cards celebrate the great names – like Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Ernie Lombardi, Tom Lasorda, Yogi Berra, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto, Roy Campanella, and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, possible future Hall of Famers like Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Billy Martin, Ron Santo, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Andy Pettitte – as well as popular figures – like Tony Conigliaro, Rocky Colavito, John Franco, Lee Mazzilli, Joe Pepitone, Mike Scioscia, Joe Girardi and Terry Francona. Other familiar names in the set are Dom and Vince DiMaggio, Bobby Valentine, Steve Sax, Vic Raschi, Dave Righetti, Jason Giambi, Sal Maglie, Frank Malzone, Gary Gaetti, Carl Furillo, Frank Crosetti, Jack Clark, Rick Cerone, Bernie Carbo, Dolph Camilli, Mark Belanger, Sal Bando, Johnny Antonelli and Barry Zito.
It’s nice to see someone making an effort to recognize the positive contributions of an ethnic/cultural group to our society for a change…rather than what you usually see featured in some media these days.