ANDY SEMINICK, 83 Was Phillies' catcher on '50 pennant winners
Andy Seminick, who died Sunday, was an All-Star in 1949.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Andy Seminick, a catcher on the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies team that won the NL pennant, died Sunday after a short illness. He was 83.
Seminick spent 12 seasons with the Phillies and three with the Cincinnati Reds. He died at Home Regional Hospital near his home in Melbourne, Fla., the Phillies said.
An All-Star in 1949, Seminick, a Whiz Kid teammate of Richie Ashburn's, was the starting catcher on the Philadelphia team that beat out the Brooklyn Dodgers for the NL title in 1950.
"He was tough, I mean tough, and a great competitor," Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts said in a statement released by the Phillies.
During the championship season, Seminick batted .288 with 24 home runs and 68 RBIs. He hit .243 with 164 homers and 556 RBIs in 1,304 career games.
Two homers in inning
He became the first Phillies player to hit two home runs in one inning on June 2, 1949, in the eighth against Cincinnati at Shibe Park. He homered earlier in that game as well, making him the fifth Phillies player to hit three home runs in a game.
Seminick coached with the Phillies twice, from 1957-58 and 1967-69. He also managed several teams in their minor league system and most recently served as a catching instructor in Philadelphia's minor league spring training camp.
He last wore a Phillies uniform in October in the Florida Instructional League.
Seminick is survived by a son, Andrew, and a granddaughter. Funeral services had not yet been arranged.