Published in San Francisco Chronicle on March 18, 2012
Vincent Gianni Born
in San Francisco on February 15, 1928, the only child of immigrant parents
Paris and Olga (Renari) Gianni. Passed away suddenly March 10 in San Rafael.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Earlene Jones, and children, Paul,
Carl and Lindsay and six grand and two great grandchildren.
Vincent had inherent athletic abilities that he enjoyed throughout his
lifetime. Growing up in the North Beach Italian community he spent his
childhood and teen years in the public parks, playing from day light until
dark alongside many youth who are now professional sports history, He
attended Galileo High School where he served as class president in his
He was on a number of sports teams and was awarded an athletic scholarship
to the University of San Francisco, but left early to become a professional
baseball player with the western farm team known as the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He remained a third baseman with the Dodgers for six years. He was inducted
into the Galileo Athletics Hall of Fame in the 1990's.
He loved golf and played often right up to the time he was hospitalized
in November. After leaving professional baseball, he worked assisting
and managing supermarkets, eventually owning Madera Foods, Corte Madera,
with his partner Guido Molinari. After they sold the market he was a sales
manager for Almaden Vineyards which became a property of Hueblin Distillers,
and later Diageo of London.
In the 1990's he married Ms. Jones, his mixed doubles tennis partner,
bought a home in Hathaway Pines and the couple shared their time between
the two homes.
His longtime charity is UNICO (Italian Charities).
A future life celebration is planned. Final arrangements are by Parent-Sorenson
Funerals, Petaluma at 1707-763-4131