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Larry Baldassaro Interview collection

 Collection
Identifier: BA RMA 013

Scope and Contents

The collection contains interviews conducted by Larry Baldassaro as part of the research for his book, "Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza". The interviews date from 1993 to 2017. The interviews were conducted with a variety of Italian American baseball players, including Tony La Russa and Tommy Lasorda.

Dates

  • 1993-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions but viewing materials does require an appointment. Please contact the Giamatti Research Center, research@baseballhall.org, 607-547-0330.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are open without restrictions but viewing materials does require an appointment. Please contact the Giamatti Research Center, research@baseballhall.org, 607-547-0330.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Anthony Baldassaro was born on June 25, 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Gerald R. and Olive Baldassaro. He attended Union College where he graduated with a BA in English in 1965. He went on to receive an MA in English and PhD in Italian from Indiana University in 1967 and 1972, respectively.

Baldassaro holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; he is also the former director of the Honors College.

The grandson of Italian immigrants, Baldassaro has a particular interest in researching Italian-American baseball players. He is the author of several books including, Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball, Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza, and Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer. In addition, Baldassaro has published articles in sports encyclopedias and journals.

Baldassaro is a member of the Society of America Baseball Research and the Dante Society of America.

Extent

62 Gigabytes (in 46 digital recordings)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains interviews conducted by Larry Baldassaro as part of the research for his book, "Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza".

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by the interviewee's last name.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to copyright restrictions, recordings must be accessed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Giamatti Research Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift (BL-2019-00024)

Appraisal

No materials were removed during accessioning or processing.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals were retained by the donor.

Dimensions

46 digital files (62 gigabytes)

Processing Information

Original order of the materials was retained. Digital file names were updated to reflect the Museum's naming conventions. The original file name was documented before the change was made.

Title
Guide to the Larry Baldassaro Interview collection
Status
Completed
Author
Kelli Bogan
Date
September 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Archives Repository

Contact:
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Cooperstown NEW YORK 13326 USA