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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Courtesy of Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame
  Athlete - Assumption College (which became University of Windsor) - Baseball

Reno Bertoia was born in St. Vito, Italy, on January 8th, 1935. He attended Gordon McGregor Elementary School, Assumption High School, and the University of Windsor. Reno retired from baseball in 1964, and embarked on a 28-year High School career with the Windsor Catholic School Board, teaching at Assumption, Brennan, and Holy Names. He taught part-time in 1958-1959 during baseball's off-season. In 1950, Bertoia was a regular player for several teams in Windsor and Detroit, a fill-in player for Trumbull Chevrolet in the Detroit Federation League. The management of the Trumbull liked Reno so much they brought him on full-time; he helped them win the National Amateur Baseball Federation title in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1952, he played for Trumbull and the City Champions Windsor Sterlings team. Bertoia played 10 seasons in the American League at second base, third base, and shortstop. He also played 612 Major League games, more than any other athlete from Essex County. The first pitcher he faced in the Major Leagues was the legendary Leroy "Satchel" Paige (age 47), with the St. Louis Browns.

(Courtesy of Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.)
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