About the Author
Sam Lazzaro, 'one of the most respected operators in the game of baseball,' was born in Oswego, New York, graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego, and spent several years in radio sports broadcasting before he began his baseball administrative career with Elmira in the New York-Pennsylvania League. He moved to Salem, Virginia, in 1986. In 1984 he was the New York-Penn League's Executive of the Year, and in 1989 the Carolina League Executive of the Year, among numerous other awards. Under his leadership, his clubs broke franchise attendance records 11 times in 14 seasons. He is married to Sue Lazzaro, and has two sons, Sammy and Justen.