Chuck Bearint

CHUCK BEARINT was born on June 17, 1925. to Edward Bearint and his wife Clara. The family lived in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Edward Bearint worked as a rigger in one of Camden's many shipyards. The Bearint family owned a home at 1019 North 26th Street. 

Chuck Bearint was one of three brothers from Camden who all played professional baseball. Older brother Elwood Bearint was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics and played for one of the A's farm clubs before an injury ended his chances as a major league prospect. Another older brother, Paul Bearint, played for several years before and after World War II in the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics. All three brothers were stars for many years in the semi-pro leagues in and around Camden.  

He was a three-sport athlete in 1942 and 1943 under the guidance of Grover “Worm” Wearshing at Woodrow Wilson High School. Chuck was the All Group III catcher both years hitting .360 and .405. After the 1943 season he joined George Patton’s 3rd Army, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received four battle stars.

Upon discharge, Chuck signed with the Philadelphia Athletics, who optioned him to the Chicago Cubs, where he played in 1946 with their Welch, West Virginia farm team of the Appalachian League. He was hitting .400  when he broke his ankle and spent the rest of the season recuperating.

Chuck was off to another great start in 1947 but when he learned that his first child was on the way, he gave up his pro-career to be with his family. 

Chuck continued playing baseball for for some of the best semi-pro teams in South Jersey. In 1952 he led Defiance in the Aaron Twilight League, and R.T.C. in the Camden County League to win Championship Titles for both teams, hitting .400 and .450 respectively. As a catcher he teamed up with some of the best pitchers in South Jersey. During his 23 years semi-pro career, he never hit below .300. In 1963, Chuck finished off his career with another championship season with the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) hitting.410.

Chuck was a member of the Hot Stover’s Baseball Club of South Jersey for many years, joining the club in the 1970’s. Chuck received the Bucky Shinn “Hot Stover of the Year” award three times, in 1977,1978 and 1984. In 1997 Chuck was awarded the Hot Stover’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck was inducted to the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Both of his brothers are also members of the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame.

Chuck Bearint passed away on May 31, 2012 at the age of 86.

Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 2012

Charles "Chuck" Bearint

AGE: 86 • Pennsauken

Passed away on May 31, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Anna May and dear father of Frances Anne Cooney, Patricia Bearint, Janice (Ray) O'Hara, Mary (Keith) Edginton, Charles and Brian Bearint. Also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Bearint was a WWII Army Veteran, serving in Patton's 3rd Army and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a self employed roofing contractor, former major league baseball player for the Phila. Athletics & Chicago Cubs. He received the lifetime Achievement Award from the Hot Stover's and was a member of the S. Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his Visitation Monday 6-9 PM and Tuesday 8:30-9:30 AM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Road., Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 AM St. Peter Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300, Marlton NJ 08053 preferred. Info, video and

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