Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lemke: Berardino’s face insured in Indians’ contract

Priddy boy makes good.

While it was likely done more for the publicity than in a serious vein, when Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck acquired John Berardino from the St. Louis Browns in the 1948 pre-season, Berardino’s contract called for Veeck to pay for a $100,000 insurance policy protecting the player in the event of significant facial injury as a result of playing baseball.

Berardino had played for St. Louis in the 1947 season, then been traded to the Washington Senators for Gerry Priddy. That deal fell through when Berardino announced that he was retiring from pro ball to concentrate on his movie career.

At the time he was filming the horse racing movie Winner’s Circle.

Working in concert with producer Richard F. Polimer, who held Berardino’s Hollywood contract, Veeck arranged a deal whereby Berardino would play for the Indians from spring training through the end of the season and any post-season in which Cleveland was involved (the Indians won the Word Series in 1948).

After the baseball season, Berardino was free to work in the movies.

Berardino, a handsome leading-man type, juggled baseball and movie careers until he retired from ballplaying after the 1952 season. He’d come to the majors in 1939 and spent the 1943-45 seasons in the military.

Repoz Posted: April 19, 2013 at 06:12 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bote Man Posted: April 19, 2013 at 06:47 AM (#4419014)
Me and my agent got a couple of plans for life after baseball. So I am not about to risk major injury or [points at face] deface this property for a collection of stiffs!
   2. formerly dp Posted: April 19, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4419054)
I was excited for this to be an article written by Mark Lemke.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4419286)
I was excited for this to be an article written by Mark Lemke.

I was wondering how I missed Roger Bernadina signing with Cleveland.
   4. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: April 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4419397)
Interesting acting career- sounds like he had a big stint on General Hospital. Lots of western TV shows.

Also he managed to be in a film that had Edward G Robinson, Joan Collins, Rod Steiger and Eli Wallach in it, which is pretty cool.
   5. Steve Treder Posted: April 19, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4419409)
sounds like he had a big stint on General Hospital.

Yeah, 30-something years or whatever it was, probably qualifies as a big stint.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BDC
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)
(15 - 7:28am, Dec 05)
Last: RMc is Fairly Irrefutable

NewsblogThe Unluckiest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled
(18 - 7:21am, Dec 05)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogOTP: 28 November 2016: Bud Selig reminisces about 1999 MLB trip to Cuba, meeting Fidel Castro
(1834 - 7:18am, Dec 05)
Last: Renegade (((JE)))

NewsblogYankees agree to contract with Matt Holliday | MLB.com
(5 - 6:51am, Dec 05)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogJuliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?
(6 - 2:44am, Dec 05)
Last: Ardo

NewsblogCubs sign outfielder Jay to 1-year contract
(16 - 1:44am, Dec 05)
Last: Ardo

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(1728 - 1:40am, Dec 05)
Last: SouthSideRyan

NewsblogWill Cubs stay quiet or pull off surprise at winter meetings? | Chicago Sun-Times
(6 - 1:36am, Dec 05)
Last: Ardo

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(1158 - 12:47am, Dec 05)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogOT - November* 2016 College Football thread
(589 - 12:42am, Dec 05)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogNick Cafardo: Here are some scenarios that could develop at baseball’s Winter Meetings
(13 - 12:13am, Dec 05)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogBraves Acquire Jaime Garcia
(31 - 11:20pm, Dec 04)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogCarlos Beltran agrees to one-year, $16M deal with Astros
(21 - 11:12pm, Dec 04)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogSunday Notes: Vizquel, Lindor, Shipley, Ryan, Mussina, more | FanGraphs Baseball
(6 - 9:35pm, Dec 04)
Last: Walt Davis

Sox TherapyWintry Mixing
(2 - 8:53pm, Dec 04)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Page rendered in 0.1315 seconds
47 querie(s) executed