Richard J. Berardino
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Baseball, Football
1959
1989

Biography

 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 Series.

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.