American Italian HOF honor ‘means a lot’ to former UNO star

One of the most decorated players in UNO baseball history, Johnny Giavotella, was the national honoree at the 35th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala Saturday. 

“It means a lot to my family,” Giavotella said. “Because I did grow up in a very deep and traditional Italian family and it means a lot to them. It means a lot to me. To be recognized for my craft and for my hard work was definitely gratifying.”

Giavotella starred for the Privateers from 2006-08 racking up All-Sun Belt honors, All-Region recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association and being  named a First Team All-American in 2007. 

In his three seasons at UNO he hit .363 with 32 home runs, 46 doubles, and 13 triples. After an 11-year career games with stops in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, he joined the Privateers staff as in 2019.

He took some time to talk about his journey, the honor and much more with WWL Radio. 

Q. When you first began your baseball journey, was Hall-of-Fame of any kind something you even thought about?

A. When I first got drafted and I was playing professional baseball, yeah. Making it to the big leagues then getting to Cooperstown was the…

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