Andrew Wasil Seminick
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 187 lb.
- Debut September 14, 1943
- Final Game September 21, 1957
- Born September 12, 1920 in Pierce, WV USA
- Died February 22, 2004 in Melbourne, FL USA
Andy Seminick spent 12 of his 15 NL seasons with Philadelphia. A solid receiver, he hit with power, and his .243 lifetime batting average belies his ability to get on base, as verified by his noteworthy career on-base percentage of nearly 35 percent.
He was first signed to a free agent contract at age 19 by the Pittsburg Pirates in 1940 and was sent to the class D Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League London Pirates for his first professional game. He made only 19 appearances and was released by the Pirates before the 1941 season.
The Brooklyn Dodgers signed him next and he landed in the class D Appalachian League with the Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox, where he played 112 games and hit .263 in 1941. In 1942 he was with the same team and improved his hitting to a .325 average.
The Southern Association Knoxville Smokies signed Andy for the 1943 season where he hit .303 and was purchased in September by the National League Philadelphia Blue Jays. He got into 22 games but managed only a .181 batting average. This caused him to be optioned to the International League Buffalo Bisons for most of the 1944 year, being recalled to the Philadelphia major league team for the last few games of the season.
In 1950 when the Philadelphia Phillies team won the pennant, Andy hit .288 with 24 home runs and 68 runs batted in. He was the starting catcher in the 1950 World Series. In his career, he hit .243 with 164 home runs and drove in 556 runs as well.
Following his playing career, he was a coach with the Phillies in 1957 and 1958. From 1959 to 1967 and 1970 to 1973, he was a manager in the Phillies' minor league system and from 1967 to 1969, he worked as a coach for Philadelphia. From 1974 into the mid-1980s, he worked as a roving minor-league instructor with Philadelphia.
- Signed as an amateur free agent by Pittsburgh Pirates (1940)
- Released by Pittsburgh Pirates (1941)
- Signed by Brooklyn Dodgers (1941)
- Sold by Knoxville Smokies Southern Association to Philadelphia Phillies (September, 1943).
- Traded by Philadelphia Phillies with Eddie Pellagrini, Dick Sisler and Niles Jordan to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Connie Ryan, Smoky Burgess and Howie Fox (December 10, 1951)
- Traded by Cincinnati Reds with Glen Gorbous and Jim Greengrass to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Smoky Burgess, Steve Ridzik and Stan Palys (April 30, 1955)
- Released by Philadelphia Phillies (October 8, 1956).
- Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (September 1, 1957).
- Released by Philadelphia Phillies (December 19, 1957).
- NL All-Star (1949)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1950)
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1959||Elmira Pioneers||New York-Penn League||67-57||3rd||Philadelphia Phillies||Lost League Finals|
|1960||Des Moines Demons||Three-I League||64-74||7th (t)||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1961||Williamsport Grays||Eastern League||79-61||2nd||Philadelphia Phillies||none|
|1962||Miami Marlins||Florida State League||67-57||4th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1963||Miami Marlins||Florida State League||58-65||6th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1964||Chattanooga Lookouts||Southern League||65-74||6th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1965||Chattanooga Lookouts||Southern League||60-80||7th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1966||Macon Peaches||Southern League||67-73||4th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1970||Reading Phillies||Eastern League||78-63||2nd||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1971||Eugene Emeralds||Pacific Coast League||66-79||8th||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1972||Eugene Emeralds||Pacific Coast League||79-69||4th||Philadelphia Phillies||Lost League Finals|
Seminick also managed the Philadelphia franchise in the 1967 Florida Instructional League.