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Henry A. "Hank" Biasatti was born in the Northern Italian town of Beano, on January 14,1922.

A two-sport standout, he starred in basketball at Gordon McGregor and Assumption in high school play and later at Assumption College. In baseball, he first attracted attention as a slick-fielding, hard-hitting, first baseman with the East Windsor Cubs.

At Assumption College he also played basketball with great distinction before and after a three-year hitch in the Canadian Army (1943 - 1945). A memorable victory occurred in November of 1945 when Assumption astounded onlookers with dramatic 49-45 win over the Harlem Globetrotters. Biasatti scored 11 points and scored two clutch foul shots to break a 43-43 tie giving Assumption the lead for good.


Hank Biasatti has been the only Canadian to play at the major league level in basketball and baseball, with the Toronto Huskies (NBA) in 1946 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949. He played 11 seasons of professional baseball, (interrupted by his World War II service) compiling a career batting mark of .277. To see him play first base was to watch baseball ballet.

He was the Head Coach - Assumption University's basketball from 1956 to 1962. Overall won-lost record - 77-66 a sparkling 44-14 in OQAA, with two league titles, in 1957 & 1959.

An inductee in the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame (1982). He was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

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