Bonaiuto, who is also in the St. John’s Prep Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in both baseball and football, was a career .307 hitter in college (.339 as a senior) with 59 runs scored, 44 RBI’s, 13 doubles, 7 triples, 4 homers, and 15 stolen bases.
“Mark was an outstanding leader, shortstop, and team player in the years preceding and going for the national championship,” said former Brandeis baseball coach Tom O’Connell in a press release. “His grace at fielding and making the play were unsurpassed.”
Bonaiuto played football for coach Fred Glatz and baseball for Dick Matson at the Prep. He pitched and played shortstop for the Eagles, serving as co-captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also the quarterback for the football team.
“I was recruited out of St. John’s, but there was no scholarship money at Division 3 Brandeis,” he said. “To be honest, I had no idea the program had been struggling so much before I got there. We turned things around, and I have no regrets about going there. My roommate was Bobby McKenna, another Salem guy, who will be at the induction ceremony. His uncle Bill McKenna was the first All American at Brandeis. I guess the Salem guys did alright.”
Mark and Marianne (who was valedictorian at Salem High) have made their home on the Cape since 2005 but still have family and friends in Salem.
“We try to keep up with what’s happening on the North Shore,” he said. “I grew up in the old Italian section of the city, and have some great memories.”
Mike’s Wish Foundation for Junvenile Huntington’s Disease will hold the 13th annual benefit on Friday, November 1 at the AOH Hall on Lowell Street in Peabody from 7 p.m. until midnight. It is in memory of Peabody resident Mike Visone, who passed away in 2008 after a courageous battle with the deadly disease.