Presenting Lawrence Baldassaro, author of Beyond DiMaggio and Baseball Italian Style, with a major new baseball biography. Before there was Joe DiMaggio, there was Tony Lazzeri. A decade before the Yankee Clipper began his legendary career in 1936 and became the first major baseball star of Italian descent.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Ira Berkow offered this praise: "Cheers to Mr. Baldassaro for mining this terrific story."
For this event, Baldassaro, Professor Emeritus of Italian at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be in conversation with Tom Shieber, Senior Curator of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.