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Andy Seminick

Andy Seminick in 1947
Born: September 12, 1920
Pierce, West Virginia
Died: February 22, 2004 (aged 83)
Melbourne, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 14, 1943 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1957 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average     .243
Home runs     164
RBI     556
Career highlights and awards
  • All star in 1949

Andrew Wasal Seminick (September 12, 1920 – February 22, 2004) was an American Major League Baseball catcher and right-handed batter. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies between 1943 and 1951, and the Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs from 1952 through part of 1955, when he rejoined the Phillies for the rest of the year until his release at the end of the 1957 season.

Seminick was born in Pierce, West Virginia. He was a member of the 1949 National League All-Star team and helped the 1950 "Whiz Kids" Phillies win their first pennant since 1915. Because he was, at 29, one of the veterans on the squad and was called upon to handle a young Phillie pitching staff, Philadelphia baseball writers nicknamed Seminick "Grandpa Whiz."[1] On June 2, 1949, he hit three home runs in a game, with two of them in the same inning.

In 15 seasons, Seminick batted .243 with 164 home runs and 556 RBI in 1304 games. He enjoyed his best season in 1950, when he hit .288, 24, 68.

After retiring, Seminick worked for the Philadelphia organization for the rest of his life. First, as a coach with the Phillies (1957-58), then managed 11 Phillies' minor-league teams (1959-66, 1970-73), and returned as a coach for the Phillies (1967-69). After that, he scouted and served as a roving minor-league instructor for the Phillies (1974 to mid-1980s). Notably, ninety of the players he managed or coached eventually played in the major leagues, including Mike Schmidt, Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Luzinski and Bob Boone. Seminick helped to convert Boone from a third baseman to one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.

In the 1990s, Seminick served as a catching instructor for Philadelphia in spring training and in the Florida Instructional League.

Andy Seminick died in Melbourne, Florida, at 83 years of age. He was the last living everyday player from the Whiz Kids.



On June 2, 1949, the Phillies hit five home runs during the same inning (the eighth) in a 12–3 victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park, tying the major league mark set by the 1939 New York Giants. Seminick hit two home runs in the inning, while Del Ennis, Willie Jones and Schoolboy Rowe had one each. Jones added a triple as Granny Hamner's double jumped the extra bases total to 18, still a record. Seminick collected three home runs overall.


  1. ^ Spink, C.C. Johnson, editor.Official 1967 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1967

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