Berardino was a schoolboy
star at Watertown High, before quickly becoming a key member of
Jack Barry's Crusader baseball teams in the late 1950's. He
led the Crusaders in hitting as a sophomore centerfielder, and
earned all District I honors. The following year (1958) he
helped lead Holy Cross to a third place finish in the College World
On the gridiron, he played end and was the leading receiver for the Crusaders in 1957. He was part of a Crusader team which defeated BC 7-0 at Fenway Park in 1956, the home of the organization he would later be a part of for most of his professional career.
He signed with the New York Yankees after graduation and made it as high as AAA (1962-64) but never reached the majors as a player. After his playing days were over, he spent more than 20 seasons as a minor league manager. He also served as a major league coach with the Red Sox, an organization he joined in 1968, for three seasons.