Don Berti Among the Elite Catchers

Bishop Gibbons graduate Don Berti is often referred to by knowledgeable Schenectady County baseball fans and coaches as one of the best catchers ever to come out of this area.  After high school, Berti went to Pfeiffer College in North Carolina, where he played for Joe Farabee.  In the summer of 1980, Berti played in the Virginia Valley Collegiate League, where he earned All-Star honors and finished second in the league in batting.  Scouts  began knocking at his door, setting up individual try-outs.  Berti’s dream of someday signing a pro contract came true on June 9, 1981.  He received a mail-gram from the Houston Astros saying he was drafted in the eleventh round of the free agent draft. Injuries curtailed Berti’s career in 1985 after competing for four years.  When he returned to Schenectady, he hooked up with the Schenectady Sons of Italy team that competed in the Albany Twilight League.  In 1986, they finished with a 46-2 record and Berti was one of their top players.

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