Greatest Italian-American athlete ?

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  1. Average American

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    Any thoughts on who is/was the greatest Italian American athlete, top 3s, etc..

    my money is probably on Marciano ~
     
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    Marciano is one of the best boxers ever - better than Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and all those blacks the jewish boxing writers love talking and hyping up.

    Joe DiMaggio comes to mind as well.
     
  4. celticdb15

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    Alan Ameche's up there.
     
  5. Charles Martel

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    As far as boxers go, Willie Pep and Rocky Marciano come to mind.

    Joe Montana is probably the best in football and Joe DiMaggio is the greatest in baseball.
     
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  6. davidholly

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    Joe Montana.
     
  7. jacknyc

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    I believe there is an Italian-American sports hall of fame...maybe in Ohio.
    They probably have a website.
    My vote would be for Joe DiMaggio or Rocky Marciano.
    Baseball is full of great Italian-Americans. In fact I saw a book recently about Italian-Americans and baseball....
     
  8. davidholly

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    Yeah but none of them top Joe Montana.
     
  9. jacknyc

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    I love Joe Montana, but in my opinion, Joe DiMaggio and Rocky Marciano rank higher.
     
  10. white is right

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    Lindy Remigino won the 100 meter title in 52'. That and the heavyweight title are generally world renowned titles.
     
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    Does he need to have Italian ancestry on both sides to qualify? For example, Dan Marino has a Polish mother. It's a lot tougher now to find Italians that aren't mixed with other European nationalities than it used to be.
     
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    Mario andretti, of course!
     
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    Sylvester Stallone.
     
  14. Average American

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    I didn't realize that about Marino.. If he's half-Italian, I consider him a paesan.. & in my mind, he's not too far behind Marciano. (probably in my top 3 or 4)
     
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    I'll throw in a Canadian since they and Americans are pretty similar: Hockey player Phil Esposito.

    Apparently Phil Mickleson is Italian on his mother's side.

    What? No mention of Mary Carillo?:eyebrows:
     
  16. Europe

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    What about Yogi Berra?

    Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (born May 12, 1925) is a former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and is one of seven managers to lead both American andNational League teams to the World Series. As a player, coach, or manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
     
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    Marciano, Montana, DiMaggio & Marino w/ honorable mention to Mary Lou Retton, Matt Biondi, Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) & Charles Atlas (Angelo Siciliano).
     
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    Here's an Italian All-Star baseball team. Actually an Italian all-star team of guys whose fathers were Italian. Billy Martin is about the only non-obvious Italian name on the list.

    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
     
  19. Europe

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    Nice List Jaxvid.

    Did you just think of those or get them off of a site?

    Now we have to put up with a bunch of Venezuelans, Dominicans and Cubans who shouldn't even be here.
     
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    Tirico claims to be a full blooded Italian. Campanella was a Mulatto. Yet Tirico is darker?:crazy:
     
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    Yes Camanella was half black. But I gotta tell you I got dago uncles that don't look much darker then that picture. Maybe the nordict supremecists don't like it but southern Europeans spend some time at the beach.
     
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