Chuck Bearint – Woodrow Wilson
Chuck was a three-sport athlete in 1942-43 under ‘Worm’ Wershing at Woodrow Wilson HS. He was an All Group 3 catcher both years hitting .360 and .405. After the 1943 season he joined General George Patton’s 3rd Army where he received four battle stars.
After discharge, he signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was optioned to the Chicago Cubs where he played for the Welch, WV team in the Appalachian League. He was hitting .406 when he broke his ankle and spent the rest of the season recuperating. He was off to another great start in 1947 when he learned that his first child was on the way. He then gave up a pro career to be close to his family.
Chuck continued to play semi-pro ball with some of the best team in South Jersey. In 1952, he led Defiance in the Aaron Twilight League and RTC in the Camden County League to titles. He won the batting title in both leagues, hitting .400 and .450 respectively. As a catcher he teamed up with some of the best pitchers in South Jersey and during his semi-pro career never hit below. 300. In 1963 he finished off his career by winning another batting title and hitting .400 with the Polish American Citizen’s Club team.
Chuck has been a member of the Hot Stovers for many years, winning the ‘Bucky’ Shinn “Hot Stover of-the-Year award in 1977, 1978 and 1984. In 1997 Chuck was awarded the ‘Hot Stovers Lifetime Achievement Award’.