The Washington Nationals organization today announced the passing of Vito Rizzo, 103, the father of Nationals Senior Advisor to the General Manager Phil Rizzo and the grandfather of Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. Vito passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011, in Chicago, IL from natural causes.
"My grandfather was a long time Chicago railroad worker, who doubled as a terrific semi-professional ballplayer. A lifelong fan and student of baseball, it was his passion for the game that sparked careers in baseball for my father and myself," said Mike Rizzo.
Funeral services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the Rizzo family requests that contributions be made, in Vito's memory, to:
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