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Tom Diaddigo

Manager / Promoter ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

While Tom Diaddigo is closely associated with sports and recreational activities in Aliquippa, his long career as a player, manager, and recreation director has reached every corner of Beaver County. Tom was born in Aliquippa in 1914, started his athletic career as an American Legion baseball player in 1930, and was active as a sports director with the Beaver County Recreation Department. During his baseball playing career, he performed for such well known teams as the Aliquippa Reds and the Beaver Grays, and also played for two outstanding semipro clubs, one in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh and another in Struthers, Ohio. Tom then combined pitching and managing, directing the Aliquippa Reds, Celtic-Reds, and White Sox, plus the MPIC team. He also served with the Rochester American Legion team and the powerful National Electric team of Ambridge. Tom started the J&L Steel team of the Beaver County League in 1952 and helped in the rebirth of the league itself in 1973. His recreation work with the youth of Aliquippa began in 1931 when he directed an intramural basketball team for Coach Nate Lippe at Aliquippa High. He also was a well known basketball official in Western Pennsylvania from 1937 to 1959, having been certified by the PIAA during that 22 year period. Tom was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.