Why I Do This
Besides my appreciation for the love that the Baudo family has shown me, one of the things that really makes this whole website worthwhile is the memories that are evoked from people outside the family. I have received several emails from people who rekindle old memories or know someone who has been touched by the Baudo family and/or the "Hill". I have decided to publish the contents of the emails here eliminating direct references to the specific people who sent them. Where appropriate, I have added a description of the person.
When I first created this website, the intention was to help the Baudo family connect with each other. I now realize that it has allowed the Baudo family to connect with the WORLD! Special thanks to Derek, Brian, Roy and all of the people who have helped me make the "Game" page so special. So many people have come to this page and visited our family.
It is truly an honor and a privilege to sit here and receive so much content. There is no amount of money that could ever pay for the joy I have experienced. No, I'm not going to stop updating the website (I gotta have a hobby). I just want to let everyone know that I've been paid back several times over.
Hello to the Baudo Famiglia,
I went to your site after finding a link while searching for "Game of Their Lives" What an impressive web site dedicated to Vincenzo and Giuseppina, I had Sicilian grandparents married at St. Ambrose Oct. 1913. My Nonno was the so called caretaker of the Rallo Calcaterra Post until his death in 1965. I remeber us having his 82nd birthday party there but as the youngest grand child, I missed many traditions and experiemcing my Nonna. What a great web site, thanks for having it for others to enjoy, I am putting a link to it the 'soccer garage' on my restaurants newsletter, it was just amazing seeing all the info you had. I am proud to say I had the opprotunity to view it.
-St. Louis Restauranteur
I am the President of Hill 2000, the neighborhood organization of The Hill. Can you tell me if Frank and/or Ann ever lived on The Hill and if so - what address and in what years? (I was able to help him get Ann involved in the St. Louis Remembers celebration)
-President of Hill 2000 (Duh)
I included the reference below, because I think he can be contacted for photos.
During the filming of The
Game of Their Lives, I worked on the set for 28 hours, as a backround actor, possibly
in seven scenes, one close up. My grandfather grew up in St. Louis, so I used my
memories of him to create my character, it worked !! Also I was born in 1950, so it
was remarkable to step back in time to this year. Just can't wait to see the
St Louis Premeire .....maybe a big party....sure hope so !!! If necessary I would gladly purchase the tickets. PLEASE keep me informed, I would sincerly appreciate it !!
I wish to congradulate your family and all the people involved with the 1950 Soccer Team.....the diversity of the team reflects the true spirit of Americans working together !!! With the conditions in todays world the example our 1950s Team will serve as an inspiration, and show us what we are made of !!!
I have been watching and gathering all the information possible about the team and the film. At this time I wish to thank you for a great web site and for all the work you have put into it....It is sure appreciated.
Again..if possible..please keep me posted if you hear anything about the St. Louis premeire and I will let you know what I hear.......Thank you again...Sincerly
Here's another with direct links, but he wants visitors:
I found your excellent page during a google search on "The
Greatest Game of
This one is cool, a Britt lovin' the "Game"
Jeff, I wrote an article on the imdb message board connected with the film 'The Game Of Their Lives', about the 1950 team and soccer in general in America. It was good to see the team's reunion on your website. I am very interested in the team and would like to have more information about them. The book 'The Game Of Their Lives' is not available in Britain, and so any info you could give me would be much appreciated. I think what they achieved is truly remarkable, and I have even bought a replica 1950 team shirt! Thanks, Marc.
Cool Uncle "Mimi" story follows:
I went to site for the movie the game of their lives and saw the
Another "Mimi" story from the same guy:
The Charcoal House was an interesting place to work in the 70s to say the least. There was a phone booth by the bar that we were not allowed to use. However, some people did use it, mostly for "business". I take it from your description that Dominic gambled a little. He was not the only one at the Charcoal House who used the booth phone for business. They had a golf tournament at the old Southmoor Golf Club called the Zipper Open (one of the great names of all time). As I recall the golf was almost incidental to the betting that was going on. Big time craps games, middle aged men with wads of cash hootin and hollerin and having a great time. I knew little of craps at the time, but it was a great party to work, and I would come home with my own wad of tips, plus we could drink all the beer we could sneak.
The Charcoal House was a throwback place, kind of a club. My grandmother derisively called it a tavern, but she could drink her bourbon with the best of them. I met all kinds of people there, broke up a couple of fights at the bar, and made a lot of money for a teenager. People loved it! I imagine there are still some places like it on the Hill. I think Dominic knew my Uncle Jim. They did not like each other. Why I have no idea. But Uncle Jim liked to drink there, and they were very cool to each other. I liked Dominic, he made you work, but seemed genuinely interested in me and my brothers who also worked there.
Here's a story about Charlie "Lefty (or Gloves)" Columbo:
I just saw the movie "Game of Their Lives" and in doing
My brush with the Movie industry:
i'm a publicist at ifc films in nys, the distributor of the film.
Yes, this guy is the real deal. I'm not sure how much Vanna charges for Capital Letters.
From a friend of Charlie Columbo's relatives:
wonderful web site. my friend is related to charlie colombo, and they keep telling me we have to go and visit the hill, where their family has sort of been from. my friend's name is chris and cheryl colombo. wonderful people. i tried to find more out for them about family history etc and to learn more about the hill, when i stumbled over your web site! what a wonderful web site and very interesting!
thank you for sharing your family and interests w/ everyone.
hugs, and god's blessing,
From a former "Hill" resident:
I had a notice to go to baudofamily.com to find out about the movie and WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE I GOT. It was great to see and to read about all of you. The "Mimi" section just triggered all kinds of memories. I've stopped in the middle when you had "Contact Me" and I wanted to do that before I got lost in nostalgia. Mary used to always write such encouraging notes to me when I was away. Josie, I still have the picture we took at the airport when you all came out and we had a visit. See what I mean...my only regret is that I don't recognize a lot of your family but thank you for making a boring Saturday afternoon an enjoyable trip to the Hill and other places with the web site. To see Pewee, Lefty, Gino, Borghi and the rest was so good. Thanks again. Thanks again for the great site.
From Argentina:Hi, i'm Sandra,i write to you from Argentina.I just found your page of the film The game of their lives and i want to ask you if you have any information about the realease of this film in my country,Argentina.I'm really a great fan of Gerard Butler and i hope you can help me with my question.Sorry for my english cause i never speak it.I love your page.thanks.Sandra
Thanks, Sandra. Your English is MUCH better than my Spanish! I do not know if the movie will be released in Argentina. They did a very poor job of promoting the movie in the US. Anyway, the people at Walden Media assured me that an announcement would be coming soon on the release of the DVD. Check the website.