I just discovered this today in a book about The Cleveland Indians (my favorite team) I bought.
They had a utility man by the name of Johnny Berardino who played a few seasons for them, including their last World Series Championship season in 1948. Under the name John Beradino, he went on to an acting career, most prominently with a long-running role as a doctor on General Hospital.
The book reproduced a quote from him that I also see on his IMDB entry: ". . . I had been contemplating leaving the game [baseball] as early as 1947 to concentrate on acting . . . most people don't realize that I was an actor long before I was a ballplayer. I was one of those brat actors in the 'Our Gang' comedies . . . I always loved acting as a kid."
However, as his Wikipedia entry states: "Beradino is often mentioned as having appeared in the silent Our Gang comedies produced by Hal Roach as a child actor but has not been identified as having appeared in any of the existing films."
Has anyone else encountered this particular imposter story before? I'm familiar with many of them, but this was a new one on me.
He has his own entry in a classic book, The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading And Bubble Gum Book. He was described (p. 61) as "having one of the roughest faces this side of Sal Maglie" , and it is suggested that he was later a semi-regular heavy on Superman or The Untouchables, but no mention of Rascalia. IMDB confirms the "Untouchables" connection but makes no mention of Our Gang involvement. Early in his BB career, he was a .270 hitter, but that fell off with time. His last credit is from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, of all things...
Looked it up; the nickname came from the last name of legendary GM Branch Rickey, who had previously broken baseball's color line with Jackie Robinson. Somewhat similar to racial pioneer Hal Roach, perhaps? Both were admirable men.