Andy Seminick

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Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Biographical Information[edit]

Seminick in 1947

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.

Thereafter, Seminick was a fixture in the National League, playing 12 seasons with Philadelphia and also 3 with the Cincinnati Reds team, through the 1957 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.


Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1949)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1950)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
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.

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