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Last 'Whiz Kid' dies

Postby WebHamster » Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:00 am

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andy Seminick, the last surviving everyday player on the Philadelphia Phillies 1950 pennant-winning squad, has died of cancer at the age of 83.

Nicknamed the "Whiz Kids" because of their youth and enthusiasm, the 1950 Phillies surprised baseball by winning the National League pennant. Seminick, who was the Phillies starting catcher from 1945 to 1951, hit .288 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 1950, as the Phils won their first pennant since 1915.

Seminick spent 11-plus seasons with the Phillies and three-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. In 15 major-league seasons, he batted .243 with 164 homers and 556 RBI. Seminick also served on the Phillies coaching staff and managed in the minors after his retirement. He is credited by the organization for his contributions in the area of player development.

Many of the players Seminick mentored in the minors made significant contributions in the majors including Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Bob Boone.
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