Hank Biasatti, 1949 Philadelphia A's Post Card (Autographed, Blank Back), A's

Name: Biasatti, Hank

Card: 1949 Philadelphia A’s Post Card (Autographed, Blank Back)

Position: 1B


Hank Biasatti was born in Beano, Italy, and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. He served in the Canadian Army in World War II.

Hank Biasatti played 6 games in the NBA and 21 games in the major leagues. He was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. One of the few major leaguers to have been born in Italy, he lived next door to fellow Italian-born MLB player Reno Bertoia in Windsor, ON, when Bertoia was growing up. A first baseman by trade, Hank had his cup of coffee with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949 while Ferris Fain was the regular first baseman. Biasatti drew 8 walks but rapped only 2 hits. He played for the Drummondville A’s in Quebec’s Provincial League in 1954 and also was the team’s manager.

As a basketball player, he was a member of the Toronto Huskies at the start of their inaugural – and only – season in the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA in 1949 following a merger with another professional basketball league. He took the floor in the league’s first official game, played on November 1, 1946, with Toronto hosting the New York Knickerbockers at the Maple Leaf Gardens.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, Facebook Cooperstowners in Canada, BR Bullpen and Wikipedia)

Photo from Windsor Public Library

Hank is the last stop on the Born in Italy Tour – Go Home


Hank is also part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop


See all of Biasatti’s baseball cards at TCDB

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