Italian History in the St. Louis Area

St. Louis saw a large immigration of Italians in the early 1900's. Some of them came from the coal mines of southern Illinois to work in the clay mines located in the west central area of the city. The community that the Italians established in that area was called "The Hill" because it was located on a high point of the city. The famous baseball players, Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, grew up across the street from each other on Elizabeth Avenue in the Hill neighborhood. Beloved St. Louis Cardinal baseball broadcaster Jack Buck also lived on Elizabeth Avenue when he began his broadcast career. Soccer fans will remember other famous Americans from the Hill. In the 1950 FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament held in Brazil, the US Soccer Team surprised the soccer world and won their game against England. The team had five St. Louisans on the team. Four of those five players were from the Hill. This community has been the most enduring of all the ethnic communities of St Louis and is still famous today for its many fine Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocers.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church
St Ambrose Catholic Church - St. Ambrose Catholic Church is located "on the Hill" in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63110, Church, City of St Louis Missouri
The Hill
The Hill - The Hill is a St. Louis neighborhood filled with Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocers and is made up of residents of predominantly Italian descent. It is located in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63139, City of St Louis Missouri

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