Guess Who This Is

77 Persons in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame:

A. Bartlett Giamatti

Real/Birth Name:
Angelo Bartlett Giamatti
Nickname(s):
Bart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

President of Yale University. Commissioner of Major League Baseball who banned Pete Rose for life. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Alan Ameche

Real/Birth Name:
Lino Dante Ameche
Nickname(s):
The Iron Horse
The Horse
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1954, team University of Wisconsin, as fullback. Team Baltimore Colts. College Football Hall of Fame 1975. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1967. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 2004. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1992. University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1991. National High School Hall of Fame 1986.

Andy Granatelli

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Granatelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Race car owner. CEO of STP. Owner of TuneUp Masters. Did television commercials. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1992. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2001. Cruisin' Hall of Fame 2002. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 2011. National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame 2013. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Automotive Hall of Fame 2003. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. Daytona Beach Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame 2003.

Andy Robustelli

Real/Birth Name:
Andrew Richard Robustelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end. Teams Arnold College, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants. Bert Bell Award 1962. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971. New York Giants Ring of Honor 2010. Walter Camp Man of the Year 1988.

Angelo Bertelli

Real/Birth Name:
Angelo Bortolo Bertelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1943, team University of Notre Dame, as quarterback. Teams Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Rockets. College Football Hall of Fame 1972. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2000. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Angelo Dundee

Real/Birth Name:
Angelo Mirena Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Boxing promoter and trainer of many champions, including Muhammad Ali. International Boxing Hall of Fame 1994. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1976. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Billy Martin

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Manuel Martin Jr.
Also Known As:
Alfred Manuel Pesano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aggressive manager of the team New York Yankees. Name Billy from his grandmother calling him "Bello" in Italian. Name changed by his mother. Died in a car accident - he was a passenger. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1991. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 1986. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth Award 1953.

Brian Boitano

Real/Birth Name:
Brian Anthony Boitano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
54, 32 days before his 55th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1988 Olympic champion, 1986 & 1988 World Champion, and 1985-1988 US National Champion in figure skating. United States Skating Hall of Fame 1996. World Figure Skating Hall of Fame 1996. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2010. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 2008. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Brian Piccolo

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Brian Piccolo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Running back for team Chicago Bears. Died of cancer. Subject of movie Brian's Song starring James Caan. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Charles Atlas

Real/Birth Name:
Angelo Siciliano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Legally changed his name in 1922. Ads in comic books - "I was a 95 lb. weakling" - to sell an exercise program. National Fitness Hall of Fame 2005. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Charley Trippi

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Louis Trippi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback/quarterback. Team Chicago Cardinals. College Football Hall of Fame 1959. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1965. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968. Maxwell Award 1946. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1991. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006. University of Georgia Athletic Association Circle of Honor 1996. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame.

Dan Marino

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Constantine Marino Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57, 5 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Team Miami Dolphins. Analyst for TV show The NFL Today. Owner in NASCAR racing. College Football Hall of Fame 2002. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 2003. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2005. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1992. Miami Dolphin Honor Roll 2000. Dolphins Walk of Fame 2011. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Bert Bell Award 1984. Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award 1984. NFL Player of the Year 1984. Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award 1998.

Dante Lavelli

Real/Birth Name:
Dante Bert Joseph Lavelli
Nickname(s):
Gluefingers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 34 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

End. Teams Ohio State University, Cleveland Browns. Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor 2010. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975.

Dick Vitale

Real/Birth Name:
Dick Vitale
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach, team Detroit Pistons. Movie Jury Duty. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1996. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2008. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Little League Hall of Excellence 2012. NSMA Hall of Fame 2013.

Dom DiMaggio

Real/Birth Name:
Dominic Paul DiMaggio
Nickname(s):
the Little Professor
the Prof
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Joe DiMaggio by 2 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Vince DiMaggio by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Center fielder, team Boston Red Sox. Seven times on All-Star team. Served in the military in World War II. Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame 1995. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1992.

Doug Buffone

Real/Birth Name:
Douglas John Buffone
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker,center. Teams University of Louisville, Chicago Bears. One of the founders of the Arena Football League, team Chicago Bruisers. University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame 1979. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 2015. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Ed Marinaro

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Francis Marinaro
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks. TV shows Blue Mountain State, Hill Street Blues. College Football Hall of Fame 1991. Maxwell Award 1971. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 1994.

Eddie Arcaro

Real/Birth Name:
George Edward Arcaro
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won more American classic races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. Spokesman for Buick commercials. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame 1958. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 1987.

Ernie Lombardi

Real/Birth Name:
Ernesto Natali Lombardi
Nickname(s):
Schnozz
Lumbago
Bocci
The Cyrano of the Iron Mask
Lom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher. Teams Oakland Oaks, Brooklyn Robins, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, New York Giants. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1982. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1958. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1986. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Frank Viola

Real/Birth Name:
Frank John Viola Jr.
Nickname(s):
Sweet Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays. Babe Ruth Award 1987. Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame 2008. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Twins Hall of Fame 2005. Cy Young Award 1988.

Fred Couples

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Steven Couples
Nickname(s):
Boom Boom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58, 13 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 64 professional tournaments, including the 1992 Masters. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. University of Houston Cougars Hall of Honor 2000. World Golf Hall of Fame 2013. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013.

Gary Beban

Real/Birth Name:
Gary Joseph Beban
Nickname(s):
The Great One
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1967, team UCLA, as quarterback. Team Washington Redskins. College Football Hall of Fame 1988. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1995. Maxwell Award 1967. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1984. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Chic Harley Award 1967.

Gene Brito

Real/Birth Name:
Gene Herman Brito
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end and end. Teams Loyola University, Washington Redskins, Calgary Stampeders, Los Angeles Rams. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. NFL Player of the Year 1955. Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame 2010. Washington Redskins Ring of Fame.

Gino Marchetti

Real/Birth Name:
Gino John Marchetti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end teams University of San Francisco, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts. Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor 2000. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1985. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972. East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame 2004.

Hank Lauricella

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Edward Lauricella
Nickname(s):
Mr. Everything
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback, quarterback. Teams University of Tennessee, Dallas Texans. Member of the Louisiana state legislature, both houses. Real estate developer. College Football Hall of Fame 1981. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Fame 2005. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1983. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Hank Luisetti

Real/Birth Name:
Angelo-Giuseppi Luisetti
Nickname(s):
Ange
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Forward, team Stanford University. Popularized the jump shot. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1980. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor 2002.

Harry Caray

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Christopher Carabina
Nickname(s):
The Mayor of Rush Street
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 11 days before his 84th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Broadcaster for baseball teams St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Famed for leading the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh inning "stretch". Ford C Frick Award 1989. American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame 1989. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1994. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 1990. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. NSMA Hall of Fame 1988. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6321 Delmar Boulevard.

Jennifer Capriati

Real/Birth Name:
Jennifer Maria Capriati
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

3-time Gland Slam winner. International Tennis Hall of Fame 2012. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Jerry Colangelo

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Colangelo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard, team University of Illinois. Owner (former) teams Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury. Involved also in baseball and hockey. Arizona Sports Hall of Fame 2002. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2004. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor 2007.

Joe Bellino

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Michael Bellino
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1960, team Naval Academy, as halfback. Team Boston Patriots. College Football Hall of Fame 1977. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1992. Maxwell Award 1960. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Chic Harley Award 1960.

Joe DiMaggio

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Paul Dimaggio
Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio Jr.
Nickname(s):
Joltin' Joe
the Yankee Clipper
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Dom DiMaggio by 2 years.
husband of
ex-husband of
Older than Marilyn Monroe by 11 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Vince DiMaggio by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Team New York Yankees. Outfielder. 56 game hitting streak set a record. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1955. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 1969. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1977. Italian-American National Hall of Fame 1979. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Joe Fortunato

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Francis Fortunato
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback and linebacker. Teams Virginia Military Institute, Mississippi State University, Chicago Bears. Coach with the Bears. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum 1978. Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame 1972. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Joe Garagiola

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Henry Garagiola
Also Known As:
Joseph Henry Garagiola Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher for team St. Louis Cardinals. Sports analyst for NBC. Books Baseball Is a Funny Game, Just Play Ball. Ford C Frick Award 1991. Missouri Wall of Fame. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1970. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1972. Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1985. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2010. NSMA Hall of Fame 2004. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6328 Delmar Boulevard.

Joe Montana

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr.
Nickname(s):
Joe Cool
The Comeback Kid
Bird Legs
Golden Joe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quaterback. Teams San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1999. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2000. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Fame 2010. 49ers Hall of Fame 2009. Bert Bell Award 1989. California Hall of Fame 2012. Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award 1989. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1990. NFL Player of the Year 1987. NFL Player of the Year 1989.

Joe Paterno

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Vincent Paterno
Nickname(s):
Joe
JoePa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 32 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long-time (almost 46 years) coach for team Pennsylvania State University. Fired mid-season 2011 after a scandal involving an assistant coach. College Football Hall of Fame 2007. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1987. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Hall of Fame 2000. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Woody Hayes Trophy 1978. Woody Hayes Trophy 1982. Woody Hayes Trophy 1986. Woody Hayes Trophy 2005. Dick Enberg Award 2012. Paul "Bear" Bryant Award 1986. Reds Bagnell Award 1999. Home Depot Coach of the Year Award 2005. Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award 1978. Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award 1982. Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award 1986. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 2002. Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award 1981. Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award 2005. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1986. Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award 1972. Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award 1994. Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award 2005.

Joe Torre

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Paul Torre
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher, first base, third base. Teams Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals. Manager same teams plus New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Hutch Award 1971. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 1996. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 1998. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2014. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 2014. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.
A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.

John Gagliardi

Real/Birth Name:
John Gagliardi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams Saint John's University, Carroll College. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 2009. College Football Hall of Fame 2006. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2015. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

John Smoltz

Real/Birth Name:
John Andrew Smoltz
Nickname(s):
Smoltzie
Marmaduke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Minor league teams Lakeland Tigers, Glens Falls Tigers. Teams Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals. Branch Rickey Award 2007. Braves Hall of Fame 2012. Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 2005. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. Roberto Clemente Award 2005. Cy Young Award 1996. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 2012. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.

Ken Venturi

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth Venturi
Nickname(s):
Kenny
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pro golfer, US Open winner 1964. 35 years with CBS Sports. World Golf Hall of Fame 2013. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1984. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1964. Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 161 Waterford Circle; ceremony: 15 May 2004.

Leo Nomellini

Real/Birth Name:
Leo Joseph Nomellini
Nickname(s):
The Lion
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive and defensive tackle. Grew up in Chicago. Teams University of Minnesota, San Francisco 49ers. 49ers Hall of Fame 2009. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1985. College Football Hall of Fame 1977. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969.

Louis Zamperini

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Silvie Zamperini
Nickname(s):
Louie
Torrance Tornado
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1035 Olympics in Berlin. Joined the Army Air Forforce in World War II. His plane crashed at sea. He was later captured and made a prisoner of war. Subject of the movie Unbroken. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Mario Andretti

Real/Birth Name:
Mario Gabriele Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
The same age as Aldo Andretti.
grandfather of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR and Indianapolis 500 and other auto racing. Became a naturalized United States citizen in 1964. Hoosier Auto Racing Hall of Fame 1970. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 2000. Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 2008. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1990. Italian-American National Hall of Fame 1986. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Automotive Hall of Fame 2005. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame 2014.

Mary Carillo

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Carillo
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles. Coverage of tennis events and Olympic games. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Mary Lou Retton

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Lou Retton
Also Known As:
Mary Lou Retton Kelley
Nickname(s):
America's Sweetheart
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 4' 9". Olympic Gold Medal 1984. International Gymnastics Hall of Fame 1997. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1993. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1984.

Matt Biondi

Real/Birth Name:
Matthew Nicholas Biondi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
52, 18 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 6' 7". Olympic Gold Medal 1984. Won Olympic Gold Medal 1988 5 times. Olympic Gold Medal 1992 twice. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1998. Cal Athletic Hall of Fame 1997. International Swimming Hall of Fame 1997. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Michael Andretti

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Mario Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55, 15 days before his 56th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

CART Indycar race driver. Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 2010. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2008. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

Mike Piazza

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Joseph Piazza
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
50, 16 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pronounced pee-AHT-sah. Catcher. Teams Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics. National League Rookie of the Year 1993. New York Mets Hall of Fame 2013. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2016. National League Rookie of the Year Award 1993. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.
A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.

Mike Scioscia

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Lorri Scioscia
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced SOH-sha. Catcher and coach team Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager teams Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 2002. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 2009. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.
A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.

Nick Buoniconti

Real/Birth Name:
Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Middle Linebacker. Teams Boston Patriots, Miami Dolphins. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1995. Miami Dolphin Honor Roll 1991. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2001. Dolphins Walk of Fame 2011. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. New England Patriots Hall of Fame 1992. Walter Camp Man of the Year 1990.

Paul Tagliabue

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Tagliabue
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The former Commissioner of the National Football League, 1989-2006. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2001. Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame 2017. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2007. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1994.

Phil Esposito

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Anthony Esposito
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Team Canada '72. Movie Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. Hockey Hall of Fame 1984. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 1989.

Phil Mickelson

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Alfred Mickelson
Nickname(s):
Lefty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professional golfer. Left-handed swing, though he is right-handed. World Golf Hall of Fame 2012. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame 2002.

Phil Rizzuto

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Francis Rizzuto
Nickname(s):
The Scooter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shortstop, team New York Yankees for 13 years. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1994. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1993. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 1985. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth Award 1951.

Ping Bodie

Real/Birth Name:
Francesco Stephano Pezzolo
Also Known As:
Frank Stephen Bodie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Changed name. Birth name was Francesco Stephano Pezzolo. Outfielder. Teams Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Ralph Branca

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees. Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Ralph DePalma

Real/Birth Name:
Raffaele De Palma
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Emigrated to the United States in 1893. Won the 1915 Indianapolis 500. Set a world speed record of 149.875 mph in 1919. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1991. Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1992. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Ray Mancini

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Michael Mancini
Also Known As:
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Nickname(s):
Boom Boom
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Professional lightweight boxer. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Rick Casares

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Jose Casares
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback. Teams University of Florida, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1972. Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Rocky Marciano

Real/Birth Name:
Rocco Francis Marchegiano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 1 day before his 46th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

International Boxing Hall of Fame 1990. Heavyweight. Never defeated. Died in a plane crash. Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame 1976. Italian-American National Hall of Fame 1979. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Roy Campanella

Real/Birth Name:
Roy Campanella
Nickname(s):
Campy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher. Teams Washington Elite Giants, Monterrey Sultans, Nashua Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers. Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame 1971. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1969. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1965. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Ted Hendricks

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Paul Hendricks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in Guatemala where his father was working. Linebacker, teams Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders 1980. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2006. College Football Hall of Fame 1987. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1976. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 2003. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1968. Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor 2000. University of Miami Ring of Honor 1997. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. UPI Lineman of the Year 1968.

Tedy Bruschi

Real/Birth Name:
Tedy Lacap Bruschi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Inside linebacker. Teams University of Arizona, New England Patriots. Bill Willis Trophy 1995. College Football Hall of Fame 2013. Morris Trophy 1995. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. New England Patriots Hall of Fame 2013. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 2010.

Tommy Lasorda

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Charles Lasorda
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90, 2 days before his 91st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher and manager - best known as manager of team Los Angeles Dodgers. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1997. California Sports Hall of Fame 2007. Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 2006. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2009. Italian-American National Hall of Fame 1982. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 1983. Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award 1988. International League Hall of Fame 2008. Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for Sports fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.
A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: Los Angeles Dodgers; ceremony: 20 June 2008.

Tony Canadeo

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Robert Canadeo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback and quarterback. Teams Gonzaga University, Green Bay Packers. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame 1973. Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1973. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Tony Conigliaro

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Richard Conigliaro
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Team Boston Red Sox. Recorded song Playing the Field. Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame 1995. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Hutch Award 1970.

Tony Esposito

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony James Esposito
Nickname(s):
Tony O
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Goal tender/goalie. Teams Team Canada '72, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Hockey Hall of Fame 1988. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Vince DiMaggio

Real/Birth Name:
Vincent Paul DiMaggio
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Dom DiMaggio by 4 years.
older brother of
Older than Joe DiMaggio by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Vince Ferragamo

Real/Birth Name:
Vince Anthony Ferragamo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams University of California, University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Rams, Montreal Alouettes, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Nebraska Football Hall of Fame 1984. Orange County Sports Hall of Fame 1992. Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for Sports fame.

Willie Mosconi

Real/Birth Name:
William Joseph Mosconi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Baltimore Bullet. Technical consultant and uncredited appearance for movie The Hustler. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2006. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1968. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Yogi Berra

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Peter Berra
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher. "It ain't over till it's over". Teams New York Yankees, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Norfolk Tars, Newark Bears. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1972. Missouri Wall of Fame 1972. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1970. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1993. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 1988. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2015. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2009. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6322 Delmar Boulevard.
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