Bill Seinsoth

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William Robert Seinsoth

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Biographical information[edit]

Bill Seinsoth was a first baseman who is most notable for winning the 1968 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a junior at the University of Southern California. He is one of seven players from the University of Southern California to win that award. The others are Bill Thom, Bud Hollowell, Russ McQueen, George Milke, Rod Boxberger and Wes Rachels. Also an All-American, he hit.327 with 31 RBI in his sophomore season. The next year, he hit .312 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI. He hit .368 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 1969. He had a career .337 average in college.

He played for the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League from 1966 to 1968.

He was drafted five times, but he played only one year professionally, never reaching the majors. He died in a motor vehicle accident at the age of 22 shortly after his one season in the minors. He died at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, CA.

Times drafted[edit]

(Year, Team, Round)

Professional baseball and family relations[edit]

He signed with the Dodgers for a $40,000 signing bonus.

He played for the Bakersfield Dodgers in 1969, hitting .276/.360/.439 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI and fielded .982 at first.

His cousin is former Dodgers player Tommy Hutton. His father, Bill Seinsoth Sr., played professionally from 1936 to 1950.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Steven K. Wagner: Seinsoth: The Rough-And-Tumble Life of a Dodger, Sunbury Press, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2016. ISBN 978-1620067161