Salvi’s baseball prowess earns a NIASHF nod

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Chicago attorney Patrick A. Salvi was honored as Sportsman of the Year at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony and gala in December.

A founder and managing equity partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, Salvi also is the CEO of Salvi Sports.

A lifetime baseball aficionado, Salvi bought the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2008, owning and operating it until 2022. Under his leadership, the minor league baseball team won four division championships, had 30 players signed to MLB organizations and won the 2013 American Association Championship.

Salvi later expanded his baseball holdings with the purchase of the Schaumburg Boomers and the North Shore Navigators. Since he purchased the Boomers in 2012, the team has won the Frontier League Championship four times, setting attendance records for 10 consecutive seasons and earning Organization of the Year honors from the league four times.

NIASHF presents the Sportsman of the Year Award to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the hall of fame, the world of sports and/or the Italian-American community. Former honorees include presidents and chairmen of enterprises such as Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Sara Lee, the San Francisco 49ers, the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“(Mr. Salvi’s) combination of law accolades, sports business and love for his Italian heritage makes him the ideal candidate for this award,” NIASHF President Ron Onesti says.


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