The only Georgetown player to have transferred from and to the same university, Bertrand arrived after the 1936 freshman season at St. Lawrence University and played two seasons on the Georgetown varsity as a backup center to Mike Petrosky, averaging 2.7 points per game. Originally from Tupper Lake, NY, Bertrand played basketball on his high school team and an interim year at the Riordan School in Highland, NY before enrolling at St. Lawrence and, soon thereafter, Georgetown.

Bertrand also backed up Petrosky on the diamond, where he was a member of the Georgetown rotations of 1937 and 1938. The two hurlers combined for a one hitter in the 1937 season opener, a 31-0 walkover of Western Maryland called by the coaches after six innings. The 1937 Hoyas completed the season with an abbreviated 10-0 record, and the two pitchers led the Hoyas to a 12-4 mark in 1938.

Bertrand did not return for his senior year. "Hank Bertrand, promising Hoya pitcher who dropped out of school last spring, is at St. Lawrence and will play varsity baseball for that college next year," wrote the Washington Post. In fact, he played only one season of baseball at St. Lawrence, following which he was signed to a minor league contract by the Washington Senators, who likely recalled his prowess at Georgetown. Bertrand was assigned to the Salisbury Senators, a struggling club of the class D Eastern Shore League. Hoping to raise some interest, Bertrand was repackaged in a way that that was as much professional wrestling as professional baseball.

"Salisbury's Indians may be a fifth-place club in a class D league, but they outrank the New York Yankees socially: they claim the only nobleman in organized baseball," read an Associated Press article. "His title is Count Henri S. Bertrand De La Vigne, lineal descendant of a noble French house dating back to 1390 and the great-great-grand-son of Napoleon's aid de camp at Austerlitz," they wrote.

"But it adds up to just plain Hank Bertrand, leading pitcher for the in-and-out Indians," the article continued. "Young Hank was signed by Clark Griffith after hanging up a record of 23 wins and 2 losses at Georgetown University, then farmed to Salisbury in May. The "Count Of Three And Two" has marked up nine wins [in five weeks], one a one-hit shutout on July 4." By season's end, however, Bertrand had slumped to a 14-9 record and a 3.89 ERA, and was not retained for the 1940 season.

Following military service in World War II, his further whereabouts remain unknown.

 

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1936-37 17 44 2.5
1937-38 15 41 2.8
Totals 32 85 2.7
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