Red DiBernardi

A spirited and accomplished AAU and All-American basketball player of the 1920s.

Born February 3, 1899 in Nevada, Missouri, Forest “Red” DiBernardi spent 11 years as a dominant basketball player in the college and AAU ranks.

In 1920 and 1921, DiBernardi was named All-American at Westminster College, where he gained permission to play on the Kansas City Athletic Club team. The team finished third in the AAU tournament in 1920 and won the following year.

From 1922 to 1929, DiBernardi played with teams for the KCAC, Hillyard Chemical Company and Cook Paint Company. Upon retiring in 1929, he had played in ten national AAU tournaments and been named to eight AAU All-American teams, including five championship winners.

In 1938, the Associated Press chose DiBernardi as the center on its All-Time All-American college basketball team.

DiBernardi was awarded with the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Award in 1952. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961 and died April 29, 1970. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.