Reno Bertoia
Reno Bertoia - Washington Senators - 1959.jpg
Bertoia in 1959
Third baseman
Born: (1935-01-08)January 8, 1935
San Vito al Tagliamento, province of Pordenone, region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Died: April 15, 2011(2011-04-15) (aged 76)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1953, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 28, 1962, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.244
Home runs27
Runs batted in171

Reno Peter Bertoia (January 8, 1935 – April 15, 2011) was an Italian Canadian professional baseball player.


Born Pierino, [1] Bertoia moved with his family to Canada from Italy at the age of two and a half and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. His next-door neighbour and role model was Hank Biasatti. Bertoia attended and graduated from Assumption College High School in Windsor. Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1953, Bertoia continued his education by attending Assumption University from which he graduated in June 1958 while a member of the Tigers. Bertoia also became close friends with Hall of Fame outfielder Al Kaline while with Detroit, and was an important part of Kaline's early years with the Tigers.[2]

In 10 major league seasons he played in 612 games and had 1,745 at bats, 204 runs, 425 hits, 60 doubles, 10 triples, 27 home runs, 171 runs batted in (RBIs), 16 stolen bases, 142 walks, .244 batting average, .303 on-base percentage, .336 slugging percentage, 586 total bases and 31 sacrifice hits.

In January 1964, Bertoia signed to play in the Japanese Central League with the Hanshin Tigers. He asked for his release a few months into the season because his wife was pregnant and had been ill during most of the family's stay in Japan.

After his retirement as a player, Bertoia received his full high school teaching credentials and returned to Windsor, where he worked as a teacher for 30 years with the Windsor Catholic School Board.[2] He was inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988[2] and the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Bertoia died on April 15, 2011, of lymphoma in Windsor.[2]


  1. ^ "L'Italiano BERTOIA nei 'Tigers', di Detroit". Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). September 4, 1953. p. 2. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Caton, Mary (April 15, 2001). "Former Detroit Tiger Reno Bertoia dies". Archived from the original on April 20, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.