• Holy Cannoli! Sweet Cards

    Posted by on December 16th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Marty Appel tipped me off on these…

    (Thanks Marty!)

    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.

    The cards are not sold commercially, and are available through the two websites – www.nehf.org and www.osia.org.

    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.

    Comments on Holy Cannoli! Sweet Cards

    1. Corey
      December 16th, 2009 | 11:52 pm

      It sounded so cool…until I hit the link. Why does Girardi look like he can bench 10X what Giambi can in this illustrations? Seriously, Giambi looks deflated.

    2. butchie22
      December 16th, 2009 | 11:56 pm

      I recently saw one of the cast members of the Sopranos ripping Jersey Shore, it was actually quite surreal. A show that showed Italian Americans in such a bad light is ripping another show that shows Italian Americans in a bad light? Some people have no shame…….The whole Guido stereotype is so unfortunate, not every Italian American uses gel, has big ass arms and spray tans themselves and the Jersey Shore just perpetuates such a stereotype.

      I was interesting to note that they were so many Italian American managers in the playoffs last year, Girardi, Torre, Francona,and La Russa . And contrary to any stereotype, the managers are very different in terms of attitude ,temperament and management style.

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