Joe Maddon: Italian of the Week

img_5353Known for his baseball acumen and thick-rimmed glasses, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon led his team to the best record (103-58) in Major League Baseball’s 2016 season. Maddon, whose original family name was Maddonini, was born on February 8, 1954 in northeastern Pennsylvania (West Hazelton). He graduated from Lafayette College and went on to play minor league baseball before working in the California Angels organization. In 2005, he became the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, leading them to their first ever division title three years later. After nine seasons with the Rays—two of which he received the Manager of the Year Award—Joe took the reins of the Chicago Cubs in 2015. This October, he tries to the lead the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, the longest championship drought in North American Sports.

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