Michael, I’m very sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. He really was a great guy. I am thankful for having the opportunity to spend some time with him and hear some of his stickball stories. For those who didn’t know Vito, please see http://www.streetplay.com/stickball/halloffame/vitogiannone.shtml – the article we did on him for the Stickball Hall of Fame. Michael our thoughts are with you and your family. – Mick
My father Vito Giannone, a member of the Stickball Hall Of Fame, has passed away at the age of 69. He died peacefully, with myself and his wife of 41 years at his side. He left this world quietly, but not without the memories of his past 7 decades of playing stickball, and the many friends he made during that time. I would like to say thank you to all of the great friends he had, many of which I had the pleasure to meet over the past 20 or so years at stickball games and tournaments. My father was a great guy, a true friend, a terrific ballplayer – and most of all a fantastic father. I will miss him, and will never forget how wonderful he was. I know those of you who knew him will never forget either. Michael Giannone
0n April 29th and April 30th 2000 we had our 5th annual Florida oldtimers stickball tournament. It was held at Stickball Boulevard in North Miami. We had many members of the Stickball Hall of Fame playing such as George “Cherokee” Aviles, Henry “Papi” Caban, Ralph Naranjo, Warren “Wally” Rivera, Junior Rosario, Little Cherokee Ruiz, and Eduardio “Wally” Torres. We had enough ball players t o field 4 teams. Our oldest player was 78 years old by the name of Chickie Santiago. We had a great weekend.