Vito Rizzo, the 103-year-old father of Nationals senior advisor Phil Rizzo and grandfather of general manager Mike Rizzo, died Sunday from natural causes in Chicago.
"My grandfather was a longtime Chicago railroad worker who doubled as a terrific semi-professional ballplayer," Mike Rizzo said in a statement issued by the club on Wednesday. "A lifelong fan and student of baseball, it was his passion for the game that sparked careers in baseball for my father and myself."
Funeral services are pending. The Rizzo family requested that contributions be made in Vito's memory to the Chicagoland chapter of Autism Speaks.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.