IABF Mission Statement

The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity foundation established in 2016.

The IABF is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball & softball in the United States and Italy by sponsoring clinics and camps supervised by MLB players, scouts and College coaches.

The IABF donates baseball equipment to organized youth teams as well as individuals in need of uniforms, bats, gloves, cleats and more.

The IABF sponsors College showcases in the US and Italy for High School students to display their talent in front of the top College Baseball & Softball programs in the United States.

The IABF provides legal assistance for the Italian Olympic and WBC baseball Teams.

Our future goal is to build an international youth baseball/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

2019 Italian American Baseball Foundation - Guest of Honor

Joe Girardi

All-Star (2000)
4× World Series champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2009)
NL Manager of the Year (2006)

Joe Girardi NY Yankees

2019 IABF - Baseball Executive of the Year

Natalie M. Spedaliere

  • Sr. Coordinator to the President of MLB Network / NHL Network
  • Director – IABF Executive Board
  • Fundraising Committee – IABF Foundation
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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

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 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

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

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