"With interviews conducted by the author over the past decade and references to first-person accounts of the play and personalities of the older subjects, Baldassaro unearths colorful details such as the origin of Oscar 'Spinach' Melillo's nickname and Sal Maglie's run-ins with his Mexican League pitching coach, former Big Leaguer Dolf Luque, which even included some gunplay."—Jerry Milani, Baseball Digest
Foreword by Dom DiMaggio
Introduction: At Home in America
Part 1: The Pioneers
1. Ed Abbaticchio: Forgotten Pioneer
2. The Boys from San Francisco
3. Where Are the Italians?
4. The Tony Lazzeri Era
Part 2: Arrival
5. The Turning Point: 1930<EN>1935
6. Viva Italia! 1936<EN>1939
7. The First <SC>mvp</SC>s: Lombardi, Camilli, and Cavarretta
8. To War and Back
Part 3: Postwar Boom
9. Postwar New York: The Golden Age
10. The DiMaggio Brothers: Realizing the American Dream
11. Italian Yankees: Paesans in Pinstripes
12. Interborough Warfare: Dodgers versus Giants
Part 4: Transitional Italians
13. The Last "Italians"
14. The 1970s and Beyond
15. From Labor to Management
16. Executive Suite
Lawrence Baldassaro was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin, for his contributions to literature after publication of Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball.