Jan. 21, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Dick Berardino '59 recently received the prestigious Emil Fuchs Memorial Award presented at the 69th Annual Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Dinner. The award is presented by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA for long and meritorious service to the game of baseball. Past winners of the Fuchs Award include Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
Berardino was a three-sport star at Watertown High School and went on to shine in football and baseball at Holy Cross. He signed a free agent contract with the Yankees in 1958. After playing in the New York farm system for seven seasons, Berardino embarked on his career for which he has made his mark, earning respect from throughout the baseball community. In 1966, he managed the Yankees' farm club in Sarasota, Fla., then took a job with the Red Sox as a minor league coach in 1968. For much of the next three decades Berardino served as a manager in the Boston system, earning a spot on Joe Morgan's coaching staff from 1989-91. He managed the Lowell Spinners for the 1997 and 1998 seasons then became a Red Sox consultant, which he has remained for the past decade. Berardino was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1989.