September 12, 1920 - February 22, 2004
Andy Seminick was an American professional baseball player, who played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1940-50s. Seminick was an integral part of the 1950 "Whiz Kids" Phillies team that won their first championship in almost half a century.
Andy Seminick – glory and pride of Philadelphia Phillies
Andrew Wasal Seminick was born in Pierce, West Virginia, to a family of immigrants from the Russian Empire, who came to the US in the early XX century.
He first played baseball as an amateur free agent in 1941 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Seminick led the Appalachian League in 1942 with 15 home runs and 202 total bases, and was among the league leaders in batting average.
His abilities were noted upon by talent scouts, and soon he was bought first by the Knoxville Smokies and then by the Philadelphia Phillies, the team, with which he made his Major League debut on September 14, 1943, aged only 23.
Seminick was famous as an exceptionally good batter with an exceptionally bad defence: during a period in late 40s he led the Major Leage in batting average and in number of errors at the same time! He was voted by baseball fans into the 1949 All-Star Game of the National League.
In 1951, Seminick was injured by a deliberate fastball, diminishing his ability to play. He played for several more years before ending his career at the age of 36 and then turning to coaching, helping multiple teams raise to the Major League.
Andy Seminick died on in Palm Bay, Florida, aged 83.
1950: When Philadelphia's Whiz Kids won the N.L. Pennant, Baseball Digest,
Seminick-Key Man of Phils, by Charles Dexter, Baseball Digest November 1950
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