August 2, 2003 |
Andy Seminick was the Phillies' starting catcher from 1945 to 1951, and he had his best season in 1950, helping the Whiz Kids win the club's first National League pennant since 1915. But Seminick, who will turn 83 on Sept. 12, made perhaps his greatest impact in another area: developing young players. Seminick managed 11 minor-league teams in the Phillies' system from 1959 to 1972, a span interrupted by a coaching stint with the big-league Phils from 1967 to 1969. He then scouted and served as a roving minor-league instructor for the Phils until the mid-1980s.
March 6, 1986 |
Andy Seminick is 65 years old now, and you don't have to thumb through "The Baseball Encyclopedia" to discover what position he played for the Phillies. If Norman Rockwell had done a Saturday Evening Post cover featuring a major league catcher, Andy Seminick would have been the one he had in mind. The old Whiz Kid walks through the Phillies' spring training camp here on legs so bowed, he could stand at attention and Ozzie Virgil could fly one of his radio-controlled planes between them.
March 31, 2000 |
Sure, winning is the main thing in baseball. But reminiscing is a close second. Give a diehard fan half a chance and he will take you to a season past, recalling clutch plays and colorful characters in come-to-life detail. Take William Kashatus. Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, idolizing Mike Schmidt, he came to love the game. And when he talks about the glory years of baseball in Philadelphia, he is like a runner hurtling toward home plate: unstoppable. "So many of my fondest memories have to do with baseball," said Kashatus, a baseball historian and author.
June 19, 2013 |
WHEN A BASEBALL legend like Rogers Hornsby gave a hitter advice, he'd be wise to take it. Stan Lopata, something of a legend himself as a Phillies catcher in the '50s, was having problems at the plate in 1954 when he and outfielder Johnny Wyrostek ran into Hornsby during a road trip. Referring to Lopata, Wyrostek asked Hornsby, "What do you think about this kid?" The Hall of Fame infielder (.358 career batting average, 2,930 hits), said that he had seen Lopata on TV and that he missed the ball too many times.
July 20, 2002 |
Del Wilber, 83, who during a long baseball career made a brief but memorable stop in Philadelphia, died Thursday of bone cancer at The Fountains, a nursing home in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Wilber, a native of Lincoln Park, Mich., had been a resident of Kirkwood, Mo., a St. Louis suburb, before moving to Florida about a year ago. Mr. Wilber spent decades in the major leagues, as a player, coach and scout with several organizations. He broke in as a player with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946, a strapping, 6-foot-3, 200-pound catcher.
July 1, 1986 |
Joe Reilly was not the first scout to provide Steve Pindyski a sliver of hope concerning his chances of playing professional baseball. Like everyone else, Reilly started his pep talk with a word that amateurs on the pro-prospect fringe have come to despise. It's amazing how much frustration a little, two-letter word such as "if" can create. "If we needed an outfielder, because someone got hurt or released, we'd love to sign someone like you," Reilly told Pindyski yesterday, during the latter portion of the Phillies' seventh annual Lincoln High tryout camp.
July 3, 1996 |
Ray Schulte has a pleasant surprise for Carl Goldberg. Goldberg, 60, operates a window covering company in Northeast Philadelphia, lives in Yardley and, by his own admission, is absolutely wacko about baseball. Goldberg has owned a full-season ticket plan to Phillies games since the early 1980s, when his son, Michael, was a batboy. And he has turned his basement into a miniature Phillies Hall of Fame, with such items as a turnstile and seats from Connie Mack Stadium, catcher Andy Seminick's uniform from the 1950 World Series and a program from the 1915 World Series.
September 23, 1997 |
Eddie Sawyer, 87, who managed the 1950 Phillies "Whiz Kids" to an improbable National League championship, died yesterday morning at Phoenixville Hospital after a brief illness. He lived in Valley Forge. Two weeks earlier, Richie Ashburn, a longtime Phillies announcer who was Mr. Sawyer's star centerfielder, died of a heart attack in New York. "Rich's death was a big shock," Andy Seminick, the Whiz Kids catcher, said yesterday from Melbourne, Fla. "Eddie was up in age, but it's still a shock to hear that he's gone.
October 23, 2000 |
There will be more than enough baseball fun to go around in New York for a while, but we wanted to have some ourselves, so. . . Welcome to the Daily News version of baseball's Subway Series, pitting Philadelphia A's and Phillies players of all eras against each other. And there's no telling who will show up to play, manage, broadcast or attend these imaginative, never-in-a-lifetime events. Some of the action might jog your memory, some might jar your funnybone. Either way, at least for the next week Philadelphia will be the second-best baseball town in America.
February 22, 1986 |
It was the first day of another spring training, and Bill Giles stood on the roof at Carpenter Complex yesterday, surveying the state of his empire. The good news was that, from where the Phillies' president stood, he could look down upon men who were among the greatest pitchers and catchers in the history of the franchise. The bad news was that they were people named Robin Roberts and Andy Seminick, and it appeared that they were a little bit past their prime. In fact, they were serving only as special instructors for the Phillies.