JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has planned a Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet for Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
The banquet will honor Bedient, a Falconer native, who as a rookie pitcher for the 1912 Boston Red Sox compiled a sterling 20-9 record while leading his team to the World Series title. In the Series, Bedient was magnificent pitching 18 innings in 4 games with an ERA 0.50 for the champion Red Sox.
The Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will closely replicate a similar banquet that was held 100 years ago. Bedient was welcomed back to his hometown with a parade witnessed by over 25,000 proud Chautauqua County residents and was feted with a reception and banquet on Oct. 22, 1912. The event was held at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Main Street in Falconer.
1912 Red Sox pitchers photo identification from left to right are Larry Pape, Hugh Bedient, Buck O’Brien, Charley Hall, Ray Collins, Smoky Joe Wood. Bedient, a Falconer native, will be honored at a centennial banquet hosted by the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 20.
A highlight of the Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will be the presentation of the Society for American Baseball Research 1912 American League Rookie of the Year Award to the grandchildren of Bedient.
Emcee for the event will be baseball historian Greg Peterson who will present a video he has made about Hugh Bedient.
Dinner will be provided by Vicki McGraw of Elegant Edibles Catering who is planning a similar menu to that of the original 1912 banquet.
A cocktail hour hosted by the Hugh Bedient Celebration Committee will begin at 6 p.m., with the banquet to follow at 7 p.m.
The featured speaker at the Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will be Dick Berardino, a player development consultant for the Boston Red Sox.
Berardino, born July 2, 1937 in Cambridge, Mass., is currently a player development consultant for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. A former outfielder and longtime manager in minor league baseball, he also spent three years from 198991 as a coach with the Red Sox. As a player, Berardino batted and threw right-handed, stood 6'1" and weighed 190 pounds.
A three-sport star at Watertown, Mass., High School, Berardino graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1959 after leading the Crusaders to the 1958 NCAA District One baseball championship. He signed with the New York Yankees upon graduation and batted .378 in his first professional season with the Modesto Reds of the Class C California League. He reached Triple-A for three seasons from 196264, playing for the Richmond Virginians, Indianapolis Indians and Spokane Indians, but never broke through to the major league level. All told, Berardino appeared in 812 minor league games, and batted .272 with 702 hits and 70 home runs.
Berardino compiled a record of 753 wins and 858 losses (.467) with two championships in 21 seasons - 196667; 197185; 198788; 199798 - as a minor league manager. Nineteen of those 21 seasons were spent in short-season leagues. Berardino managed two full-season Class A clubs, the Greensboro Hornets of the South Atlantic League in 1987 and the Lynchburg Red Sox of the Carolina League the following season.
His managing career began in the Yankee organization, where he handled rookie-level clubs in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues. In 1968 Berardino joined the Red Sox organization as a minor league coach in Jamestown. 2012 marks his 45th consecutive year with Boston. From 1971 through 1985 he spent 15 consecutive seasons as the manager of the Red Sox' Short Season Class A New York-Penn League farm clubs, the Williamsport Red Sox and the Elmira Pioneers/Red Sox/Suns. He returned to the NY-PL a dozen years later, in 1997-98, as manager of the Lowell Spinners. In addition to his minor league managerial and coaching assignments, and his three years as bullpen and third-base coach on the staff of Joe Morgan in Boston, he also has served the Red Sox as field coordinator and assistant field coordinator of minor league instruction and roving outfield and baserunning coach.
Berardino has been inducted into five different Hall of Fames - the Watertown Hall of Fame in Massachusetts, the Holy Cross Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Elmira Hall of Fame in New York, and most recently in 2008 became a member of the National Italian-American Hall of Fame.
Tickets to the Oct. 20 Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet are priced at $30 and are available by calling "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick at 665-2265, Falconer Highway Superintendent Sam Ognibene at 450-0663 or Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame president Randy Anderson at 640-6219.