100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 56 – Andy Seminick

Andy Seminick
Catcher
1943-1950, 1955-1957

Career w/Phillies: .243 AVG / 112 HR / 411 RBI / 20 SB

A 22-year-old Andy Seminick joined a 1943 Phillies/Blue Jays team that won 64 games, finishing seventh of eight in the National League. Seven years later, he was the leader of the Whiz Kids, the team that took the National League in surprise fashion before losing to the Yankees in the World Series. Before that, he was a solid if unspectacular offensive player, and a pretty good defensive backstop. In 1949 he won an All-Star berth and accomplished a rare feat, hitting two home runs in an inning. He hit three in the game. But 1950 was his big year, swatting 24 homers and hitting a career-high .288. He returned to the Phillies in a trade in 1955, before being released in 1956. The Phils signed him for the final month of 1957, retiring at season’s end. Seminick died in 2004, the final living everyday player of the Whiz Kids. First one in, last one out.

Comment: One of the great longtime Phillies whose reputation came more for his leadership than stick. In his prime he was a good hitter, but not for too long. What remains is his loyalty to the Phils (many years as a coach) and passion for the game.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. ashmidt

    January 31, 2009 at 5:58 am

    whitey ashburn used to write a coloum for the bulliton, and he wrote a few colums about seminick, about how tough he was, once going base to base he took out 3 n y giants. i really admire catchers. sounds like he should have been the 1950 mvp.

  2. Tom G

    February 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    my father grew up with Andy, whose nickname was ‘Inky’ to his Cannonsburg/Washington Pa friends. Had the pleasure of meeting him while he visited Coach Roberts (at USF) back in 1984.
    I am told as good as a catcher he was, he was a really funny man, to boot.
    Love seeing Andy here, and so is my father (who is a Pirate fan)

  3. whizkidfanatic

    March 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Ancient fans like myself will never forget Andy’s toughness. Late in the 1950 season he took out nearly the whole Giants infield in an ongoing brawl started by Eddie Stanky. Before Andy was thru, Stanky, Bill Rigney and Hank Thompson were all in the DL. He also scored a one punch KO a couple of years earlier on the Dodgers Gene Hermanski. As Whitey Ashburn said, “…you really didn’t want to mess with Andy Seminick…”.

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