Why are there so many Italians named Tony?

Here is the story that aired yesterday on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

Everywhere I go I always meet an Italian.  Invariably I always meet an Italian named Tony.  I was the Grand Marshall of the Columbus Day parade in New York where my wife and I led 33,000 Italians down 5th Avenue.  I was the Grand Marshall of the Columbus Day parade in Newark, NJ where I led 10,000 Italians in the parade.  I was the Grand Marshall of the Columbus Day parade in Philadelphia where I led 5,000 Italians in the parade.

I have often wondered why there are so many Italians named Tony in this country, and then I found out why.

When they shipped them over from the old country they stamped on their foreheads: TO New York…

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