IABF Mission Statement

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation.

Our mission is to bring awareness of the game to Italian youth through clinics, camps, and education.

To provide scholarships or financial assistance to student-athletes that qualify academically to play baseball in the United States on the College and/or High School level. Our future plans include developing a youth baseball academy in Italy.

2018 IABF - Baseball Executive of the Year

Jon Paul Morosi

  • In-game reporter for Fox Sports
  • Analyst for MLB Network’s WhipAround
  • MLB reporter for the World Baseball Classic
  • Covered 10 World Series
Jon Paul Morosi

2017 IABF - Baseball Executive of the Year

Gary Perone

Brooklyn Cyclones assistant General Manager
Co-Founder  of the Borough Cup
Presidential Citation – Minor League Baseball (MILB)
2012 – 2016 Robert Julian Community and Baseball Service Award
Brooklyn Cyclones – 2017 Winner of the Larry McPhail award

2018 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

John Franco

424 Saves (5th in MLB)
4× All-Star (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990)
2× NL Rolaids Relief Man Award (1988, 1990)
3× NL saves leader (1988, 1990, 1994)
2012 New York Mets Hall of Fame

2017 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Bobby Valentine

1970 MVP – Pacific Coast League – Spokane Indians
1986 UPI Manager of the Year – Texas Rangers.
2000 Manager NL Champion – New York Mets
2005 Manager of the Japan Series Champions – Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League.
He is currently athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut

2016 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Mike Piazza

IABF Launch & Fundraiser

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