IABF Mission Statement

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a 501c3 charity foundation established in 2016 that is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball and softball in the United States and Italy by sponsoring clinics and camps supervised by MLB players, scouts, and college coaches.

The goal is to harness an appreciation for our Italian American culture and heritage through baseball and softball.

IABF awards college baseball and softball scholarships to high school students that qualify, donates equipment to organized youth teams and individuals in need and advises on citizenship documentation for players in Italy and America.

Our future goal is to build an international youth baseball and softball academy that will combine education and baseball. The IABF is committed to achieving excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

IABF mission statement

2021 Tommy Lasorda Award

Trey Mancini

  • Baltimore Orioles First Baseman
  • 2021 American League Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2021 MLB Home Run Derby Participant
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2021 IABF Executive of the Year

Mike Rizzo

  • President and GM of the Washington Nationals
  • 2019 World Series Champion
  • Selected by Angels in 1982 MLB Draft
  • Scout for White Sox, Red Sox, Diamondbacks
  • Lead Scouting Director, Diamondbacks 2000-2006
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2021 IABF Achievement Award

Dom Scala

  • Career record of 432-331-5 at Adelphi
  • Won three conference titles and three coach of the year honors
  • Inductee of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Sixth round draft pick by Oakland in 1976
  • New York Yankees Bullpen Catcher from 1978-1981
  • New York Yankees Bullpen Coach 1981-1986
  • Won World Series with Yankees in 1978
  • Advanced Scout with Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987-1990
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2021 IABF Media Award

 Tom Verducci

  • Write Sports Illustrated; broadcaster Fox Sports
  • 3X National Sportswriter of the Year
  • Emmy Awards in 2012, 2013, 2018
  • Best selling author of “The Yankee Years,” “The Cubs Way,” “Chasing the Dream”
  • Inductee of National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame
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2021 Future Star Award

Anthony Volpe

  • Top prospect in the Yankees organization
  • 2019 New Jersey High School Player of the Year
  • 1st round pick in 2019 MLB Draft
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IABF Launch & Fundraiser

Mike Piazza and other Italian-American baseball players partake
in the IABF Launch to raise money for the Italian Baseball Federation