Lee Louis Mazzilli was born on March 25, 1955, in Brooklyn, the youngest of Libero and June Mazzilli’s three children. Libero, whose family had immigrated to America from Bari, Italy, worked the family trade as a piano tuner and was also a professional welterweight boxer. 

The sport he most excelled in as a junior in High School was speed skating, in which he won eight national championships. He graduated from Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School in 1973, and was the first round selection (14th pick overall) of the hometown New York Mets in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft. 

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