Former MLB player and field manager Kenneth J. Aspromonte, a member of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors who also serves as chair of the Foundation’s fund development committee and vice president for the southwest region, will be inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) during its 33rdAnnual Induction and Awards Gala. The gala will be held on October 22, 2011 at the NIASHF Museum in Chicago, IL.
Aspromonte will be joined by three prominent Italian Americans in sports including Tedy Bruschi, former linebacker for the New England Patriots, Tom Izzo, head coach of men’s basketball at Michigan State University and a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports during NIAF’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., and Angela Ruggiero, four-time Olympic medalist. For tickets and additional information, visitwww.niashf.org or call 312-226-5566.
During his long career in baseball, Aspromonte played second base with the American League’s Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels of the American League and the National League’s Milwaukee Braves and Chicago Cubs. He also managed the Cleveland Indians from 1972 to 1974. Following his baseball career, he was the Coors beer distributor in Houston for 25 years.