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Carroll William Sembera


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Carroll Sembera had a long career in professional baseball, including 99 games as a pitcher over 5 major league seasons and many years as a scout. He notched the first save in Montreal Expos history in 1969.

Born in Shiner, TX (he also died in Shiner, TX), he was a strikeout artist at Shiner High School, once getting 24 strikeouts in 7 innings.

Beginning with the Houston Colt .45's, he was the same age as Jimmy Wynn and two years old than Joe Morgan and Rusty Staub. In 1966 his 3.00 ERA was one of the lowest on the squad. The same was true in 1969, the inaugural year of the Montreal Expos, when he had a 3.55 ERA on a team that had an overall ERA of 4.33.

One of his teammates on the 1969 Montreal Expos was pitcher Dick Radatz, who also died in 2005.

After his playing career ended, Carroll Sembera was a scout for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau from 1982-93 and then for the Seattle Mariners for 11 years, serving as Mariners Midwest Scouting Coordinator and National Cross Checker.

He went to Round Rock to watch a ball game on the day he died.

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