Johnny Berardino was born on Tuesday, May 1, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. Berardino was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1939, with the St. Louis Browns. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Johnny Berardino baseball stats page.
"Berardino was no joke. He batted just .190 in 66 games in 1948, but he was an important asset fo the Indians' drive to the World Series championship that season because he was reportedly the team's best bench jockey and he could play all three infield positions. In fact, in his major league career, which spanned 11 seasons with St. Louis, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, he played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and the outfield." - Author Mary Schmitt Boyer in The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Cleveland Indians: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Cleveland Indians History (Triumph Books, 05/01/2008, Page 123)
Johnny Berardino Autograph on a Topps 1952 Reprint Series (#253)
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Johnny Berardino Miscellaneous Items of Interest
On 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, California, a star with the name Johnny Berardino appears on the street in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former ballplayer hung up his cleats after a leg injury, began a career in acting, appeared in the Adventures of Superman (1955), Annie Oakley (1956), and more than a dozen B-movies before he became Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital - a role he played from the soap's inception in 1963, until becoming ill from pancreatic cancer in 1996, which took his life that same year. Columnist Robert DiGiacomo of the The Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote the following truly insightful story about the actor on General Hospital, who happened to also be a ballplayer:
General Hospital' To Pay Tribute To Member Of Original 1963 Cast Dr. Hardy Was A Stalwart Character On The Soap Opera For 33 Years.
Pity the lot of the typical soap opera character.
In the fickle world of daytime, he or she may last a few seasons only to be knocked off by a serial killer, felled by some exotic tropical disease or, worse yet, sent on a long trip, only to return several months - or years - later, played by another actor.
General Hospital's Dr. Steve Hardy, created by the late John Beradino, was anything but typical: Beradino appeared on the very first episode of GH on April 1, 1963, and remained on the show for 33 years.
His last appearance as the appropriately named Dr. Hardy was April 23, just a few weeks before he died of cancer on May 19 at age 79.
That longevity will be recognized and rewarded with a proper burial, so to speak, on Thursday at 3 p.m. on Channel 6 when GH pulls out the stops and tugs viewers' heartstrings with an hour-long tribute.
Beradino is not the first veteran figure on a soap opera to be memorialized when he dies on the job. The recent deaths of Macdonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton on Days of Our Lives) and Frances Heflin (Mona Kane on All My Children) were also worked into their shows' plotlines. It's a convention that provides closure for millions of fans who welcome soap opera characters into their homes every day and feel that they know them.
``It was a shock to most of the fans,'' said Debbie Morris, GH Fan Club president, of Beradino's death. ``There toward the end, we were getting a lot of letters asking what was wrong. They could tell there was a problem'' with Beradino's health.
GH executive producer Wendy Riche acknowledged the melding of soap opera actors and their characters when she said in a statement, ``John Beradino and the character of Steve Hardy were inextricably linked. The memorial service is a celebration of both their lives.''
In a case of soap imitating life, those eulogizing Dr. Hardy will include actor Stuart Damon, who has played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on the daytime drama for 19 years; Damon also spoke at Beradino's real memorial service.
``He was the boss of the hospital, and he had the seniority on the show,'' Damon said of Hardy/Beradino. ``John was number one here just in the same way that Steve Hardy was head of the hospital.''
The whole affair is more a tribute to the values Hardy/Beradino represented as a father figure to the fictional town of Port Charles and GH's cast and crew than to his character's importance to the soap's current story lines.
Beradino enjoyed his heftiest role-playing during GH's first decade, well before many current fans' time. From its inception through the late 1970s, GH was a traditional daytime drama, focusing on the doctors and nurses of the hospital's seventh floor and the patients they cared for. Many of the early shows centered on Dr. Hardy's tumultuous romance with the free-spirited Audrey March (Rachel Ames).
The two eventually married and then suffered a series of sudsy setbacks: Steve caused a car accident in which the pregnant Audrey lost their baby; they divorced; they pined for each other; Audrey kept marrying other men until - at last! - they got back together, this time for good. Beradino was rewarded for these tribulations with three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for best actor in a daytime series, in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
By the time Gloria Monty took over as executive producer in 1978, GH was in danger of being canceled and in need of a major creative overhaul, according to Leona G. Barad, coauthor of The Complete Soap Opera Fan Guide, to be published next year by Crown. Monty's team of writers created Luke and Laura, played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, characters whose enormous popularity would help take the show to the top of the daytime ratings.
That first year under Monty's stewardship, Dr. Hardy nearly died in an epidemic of Lassa fever; although he pulled through, things were never quite the same for him. GH dominated the ratings through much of the 1980s with far-out story lines focused on the younger, newer cast members, including one involving the evil Cassidines and their plot to freeze the world.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hardy was on hand to offer his advice and a shoulder to cry on during those difficult times. ``He became the strength, the guiding force at the hospital,'' said soap chronicler Barad.
In recent years, GH reintroduced Dr. Hardy's son, Tom, a plot move that meant more screen time for his dad. Still, Beradino's role continued to be largely symbolic: Dr. Hardy, for example, always took center stage during the holidays to read the Christmas story to the children at the hospital.
``Having these services really means a lot to the fans because he was there forever,'' said Barad. ``You automatically have respect for the ones who were there from the beginning. Even if you don't know his character or know what he did, it still touches you when that person passes away.''
By all accounts, Beradino, a former professional baseball player who played second base for the 1948 World Series -winning Cleveland Indians, was as respected a professional as his daytime alter-ego.
``He was never late for work. He always knew his lines. If that's not being a role model, I don't know what is,'' said Damon. Along with a eulogy by Damon as Dr. Quartermaine, there will be remembrances Thursday by Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle), Dr. Tony Jones (Brad Maule) and Laura Spencer, Francis' character, with clips from the last three decades and a video montage of Beradino's performances.
``Steve was the paternal type,'' said Barad. ``You don't find those types of characters on the soaps any more. Storytelling used to be generational. Now, when the older characters die off, you don't find anyone taking their places.''
The daytime gods - and GH's producers - have been kinder to Beradino than they were to his colleague Emily McLaughlin (Nurse Jessie Brewer), who likewise appeared on the show from the first episode. When McLaughlin died in April 1991, Beradino paid a brief tribute to the actress at the beginning of a subsequent episode.
But her character simply vanished into soap limbo, never to be spoken of again.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer. Robert DiGiacomo. July 16, 1996. Source
John Berardino | The Story of ABC-TV's General Hospital | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Johnny Berardino was the starting second baseman for the 1939 St. Louis Browns , appearing at the position in 114 games, and led the American League in errors committed at second base with twenty-nine? The Browns moved Berardino to shortstop in 1940, where Johnny appeared at the position in 112 games, and led the American League in errors committed at shortstop with thirty-eight. Neither of these rough seasons stopped his alma mater, the University of Southern California , from inducting him into their Trojans Hall of Fame in 2005, where his biography reads:
John Berardino had the ultimate career double play: achieving great success both on the baseball diamond and the silver screen. He lettered at USC in 1937, starting in centerfield. He then spent 11 seasons (1939-42, 46-52) as an infielder in the majors with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates, sandwiching a stint in the Navy during World War II. He had a lifetime batting average of .249 and helped the Indians win the 1948 World Series .
In Hollywood, he made his mark under the stage surname of Beradino. The one-time child actor in "Our Gang" comedies was perhaps best known as Dr. Steve Hardy on the "General Hospital" television series for 33 years. He also appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. In 1993, he received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He died on May 19, 1996 at the age of 79.
Source: The Official Site of USC Trojan Athletics. CBS Interactive. 2015. Source
John Beradino | Hollywood Star Walk of Fame | 6800 Hollywood Boulevard
John Berardino did help the 1948 Cleveland Indians reach the World Series , but he did not appear on their 25-man roster in the Fall Classic . He was awarded a championship ring and remains the only person to have won a World Series and have his star on the Walk of Fame. His star was dedicated on April 1, 1984, the second star given to a former Major League player following Chuck Connors , who was honored on July 18, 1984. However, Berardino was the first former big league player to be nominated for an Emmy, having been nominated in 1974 for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama - For a Series, in 1975, for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, and in 1976, for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.
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