Anthony Thomas Bongiovanni
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 23, 1938
- Final Game October 1, 1939
- Born December 21, 1911 in New Orleans, LA USA
- Died January 6, 2009 in San Jose, CA USA
Louisiana native Nino Bongiovanni spent fourteen active seasons in professional baseball from 1933 to 1949. After five seasons in the minor leagues Nino was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds on October 5, 1937 from the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in the 1937 Rule V Draft.
Nino spent two games in the major leagues with the Reds in 1938 and appeared in 66 games with the Reds in 1939. This gave the outfielder big league totals of 68 appearances with 43 base-hits in 166 at-bats for a .259 batting average for his big league career. Nino also had one plate appearance with no hits in the Cincinnati team's loss to the New York Yankees in the 1939 World Series.
During his fourteen years in the minor leagues Bongiovanni had eight seasons that he hit better than the .300 mark. Nino's highest average came in 1947 when the left-hand hitting outfielder hit at a .363 clip for the San Jose Red Sox in the class C California League. However, his best season probably came ten years earlier in 1937, when he had league leading totals of 136 runs scored and 236 base-hits, plus hitting at a .322 clip with 11 home runs, for the Portland Beavers of the AA Pacific Coast League.
Nino would wind up his professional baseball career as a player-manager for the Oroville Red Sox of the class D Far West League in 1948 and the Stockton Ports of the class C California League in 1949. Nino's minor league records show that he appeared in 1,622 games hitting just over the .300 mark with 62 home runs.
Nino also served three years (1943-1945) in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After his baseball career he was a business owner and a longtime employee of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Anthony Thomas Bongiovanni passed away on January 6, 2009 in San Jose, CA at the age of 97.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1948||Oroville Red Sox||Far West League||67-51||1st||Boston Red Sox||Lost in 1st round|
|1949||Stockton Ports||California League||64-76||6th||Chicago White Sox|