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Batting Stats 1949 Philadelphia Athletics Batting Stats 1949 Philadelphia Athletics
Veteran outfielder Sam Chapman paced the 1949 Athletics in home runs and RBIs. Eddie Joost led team with 128 runs scored. Elmer Valo led team in batting .283, with 14 stolen bases, with 27 doubles and with 12 triples.

Philadelphia Athletics 1949 Batting Stats:

Eddie Joost .263 BA, 25 Ds, 23 Hrs, 128 Runs, 81 RBIs in 144 Games… Sam Chapman .278, 24 Ds, 24 Hrs, 89 Runs, 108 RBIs in 154 G… Elmer Valo .283, 27 Ds, 5 Hrs, 86 Runs, 85 RBIs in 150 G.

Wally Moses .276, 19 Ds, 1 Hrs, 49 Runs, 25 RBIs in 110 G… Ferris Fain .263, 21 Ds, 3 Hrs, 81 Runs, 78 RBIs in 150 G… Pete Suder .267, 24 Ds, 10 Hrs, 44 Runs, 75 RBIs in 118 G… Nellie Fox .255, 6 Ds, 0 Hrs, 42 Runs, 21 RBIs in 88 G… Mike Guerra .265, 14 Ds, 3 Hrs, 41 Runs, 31 RBIs in 98 G.

Hank Majeski .277, 26 Ds, 9 Hrs, 62 Runs, 67 RBIs in 110G... Taffy Wright .235, 2 Ds, 5 Ts, 2 Hrs, 14 Runs, 25 RBIs in 59 G… Don White .213, 6 DS, 12 Runs, 10 RBIs in 57 G… Buddy Rosar .200, 0 Hrs, 6 RBIs in 32 G… Joe Astroth .243, 4 Ds, 18 runs, 12 RBIs in 55 G… Hank Biasatti .083, 0 Hrs, 2 RBIs in 21 G… Tod Davis .267, 1 Hr, 6 RBIs in 31 G… Bob Estalella .250, 0 Hrs, 3 RBIs in 8 G… Augie Galan .308, 0 RBIs In 12 G.




Player Reviews 1949 Philadelphia Athletics Player Reviews 1949 Philadelphia Athletics
A few wise moves made the 1949 Athletics pennant contenders - Baseball History

Player Reviews from 18th Edition of Whos Who Magazine actual words as follows:

Philadelphia Athletics 1949 Players

* Dick Fowler pitcher RH 6 ft 4 inches, 195 lbs. Had his best year with team last season with a 15-12 WL record despite bursitis. Uses knuckleball to baffle hitters though sometimes hitters baffle him.

* Carl Scheib pitcher RH 6 ft 1 inch, 192 lbs The fast baller can do better than his 9-12 record. He is used as a pinch hitter, too.

* Joe Astroth catcher 5 ft 9 inches, 187 lbs The young catcher hopes to be in line for first string job before too long. Born in East Alton Illinois.

* Joe Coleman pitcher RH 6 ft 2 inches, 193 lbs He W 13 L 14 last season which was not as good as his great work in 1948 promised. This year (1950) he is in fine shape, and all primed for a big season. Note: Joe Coleman was 14-13 in 1948.

* Phil Marchildon pitcher RH 5 ft 11 inches, 175 lbs The big question mark of the pitching staff. Troubled with sore arm and jangling nerves last season, he did not win a game, after coping 19 in 1948. Docs say he will be fit again.

* Tom Davis shortstop Right-handed 6 ft 2 inches, 195 lbs The stand in for Eddie Joost at short, played only 31 games last year, hit .267.

* Ferris Fain first baseman Left handed 5 ft 11 inches, 183 lbs. He is rated one of the top first sackers of the league and sparks the infield. His hitting fell off to .263 last season but he can easily boost it.




Joe Coleman Joe Coleman
Pitcher RH Philadelphia Athletics 1942, 1946-1953; Baltimore Orioles 1954-55, Tigers 1955 - Proudly served in US Military during World War II

A hard-working, mound master Joe Coleman pitched one game for the old Philadelphia Athletics in 1942 then spent the next 3 years proudly serving in the US Military.

Joe Coleman returned to the Philadelphia Athletics and appeared in 4 games in ’46. From 1947-49, Joe Coleman was one of the team’s starting pitchers. He completed 9-of-21 games in 1947, with a 6-12 record, 4.32 ERA. In 1948, he rang up a 14-13 record, completing 13 of 29 games, working 215 2/3 innings and was picked for the All Star Game. Joe Coleman went 13-14 w/l with a 3.86 ERA in 1949, completed a career-high 18-of-30 games and worked a career-high 249 innings.

Nagged by arm injuries Joe Coleman pitched as a starter and reliever 1950-51, 1953, missing the entire 1952 season.

Joe Coleman joined the expansion team the Baltimore Orioles in 1954 and posted 13-17 w/l, completing 15-of-32 games, 221 1/3 innings.

A good hitting pitcher he lined 4 career homers, had 66 hits in 223 at bats, a .182 batting average.

He’s the father of Joe Coleman who pitched in the majors from 1965-79.

Joe Coleman career stats: 52-76, 4.38 ERA, 223 Games, 140 GS, 60 GC, 6 saves. 1172 hits in 1134 innings, 566 Walks, 444 Ks.

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1950 Rookies  Philadelphia Athletics 1950 Rookies Philadelphia Athletics
Coaches and scouts were high on rookies for the upcoming 1950 season

Following from Who’s Who Magazine 18th Edition… Actual words as follows

Philadelphia Athletics 1950 Rookies

* Robert Betz outfielder RH – 6 ft ½ inches, 182 lbs – Outfielder from Youngstown (minors). Hit .345 last year, made 45 doubles, 18 homers, batted in 135 runs. Might win job with A’s.

* Ben Guintini outfielder RH – 6 ft 1 inch, 199 lbs – From Dallas (minors). He batted .306, drove in 95 tallies last year, and looks like a comer.

* Bob Hooper pitcher RH – 6 ft, 190 lbs – Pitcher from Buffalo (minors). He won 19, lost only 3 last year, and could win a starting berth. Has fine fast ball, good control.

* Ed Hrabczak pitcher RH – Pitcher from Stamford (minors). His ’49 record included 226 innings pitched and 234 strikeouts, tops for the Colonial league. His 19 victories tied for high, he started most games (27).

* Louis Limmer first baseman LH – 6 ft 2 inches, 185 lbs – 1st baseman from Lincoln (minors). He could make it if he keeps going like he did in ’49. He hit .315, led the league in homers (29), drove in 105 runs and scored 100 himself.

* Gene Markland infielder RH – 1 ft 10 inches, 150 lbs – Infielder from Buffalo (minors) Did right well at both second and third base last season, playing half in ’49 at each station. He hit a nice .305 for 151 games, drew 155 walks, tops for the league.

* Angelo Nardella pitcher RH – 5 ft 11 inches 170 lbs – Pitcher from Portsmouth (minors). He may be one youngster to make the grade this season. He worked in 36 games last year, won 20, lost 7 and had a top bracket ERA of 2.26.

* Kermit Wahl infielder RH – 5 ft 11 inches, 170 lbs – Infielder From Montreal (minors) He was formerly on the Cincinnati Reds roster, and performed very efficiently for Montreal last season. His defensive play is excellent, and he boomed his BA to .286 in ’49.

* Bob Wellman outfielder RH – 6 ft 4 inches, 210 lbs – Outfielder from Savannah (minors). The youthful giant played in 111 games last year, hit .283, drove in 63 runs.

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Andy Seminick.. Catcher - Phillies and Reds 1943-1957
"Andy Seminick?... Oh sure, I remember him," recalls our manager@baseballhistorian.com. "Seminick was a leading catcher for the Phillies during the late 1940s and 1950s. His steady play helped the young Phillies' pitchers and the team win the National League pennant in 1950... Gee, that's 50 years ago... time surely passes quickly."

"Well, listen up... Seminick was a real battler behind home plate and he was a good hitter, for a catcher anyway," our manager said. "He played for the Phillies eight years before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds."

As a fact - our archives show, Andy Seminick joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943 and became their first-string catcher in 1946. He hit 10 or more homers eight consecutive seasons, 1946-1953. Seminick's most productive batting years were 1949 and 1950. He slugged 24 home runs along with 68 RBIs in each year - 1949 and 1950. In '50 he also hit 15 doubles, 3 triples and batted .288, and a nice .400 on-base-pct., and collected 68 base/on/balls while striking out only 50 times.

Seminick was born in Pierce, West Virginia on 9/12/1920. The son of a Russian-born coal miner who went through long periods of unemployment during the Depression of the 1930s. Seminick himself quit high school early to help support his family.

Young Andy moved to Detroit, got a job with the Carp Coal Co. and played semi-pro baseball on nights and weekends. Seminick failed in tryouts with the Detroit Tigers and New York Giants. "Finally, letters from both teams arrived," Seminick recalled later. "Both teams sent special delivery... telling me not to come out anymore... But, I wouldn't give up."

"In 1941 or so. I headed to Tallahassee, Florida, and signed with the Knoxville Smokies of the Southern Association," Seminick went on. "They sent me to Elizabethton of the Appalachian League. A lot of ballplayers were being drafted by the military with World War II going full-blast. I couldn't go because I had a bum knee."

Indeed, the bum knee that kept him out of military service was his ticket to the major leagues. Due to the large number of players being drafted, Seminick soon found himself as the backup catcher for the Philadelphia Philles (September, 1943).

Seminick arrived in Philadelphia via a long-about route. At the time, the then minor league Milwaukee Brewers' owner Bill Veeck was aware that the Phillies needed a backup catcher and were scouting Seminick. Records show - Veeck quickly bought him from Knoxville for $15,000 and within a few days sold him to Philadelphia for $35,000. "That Veeck was smart," our manager John Balazs says. "He had a great eye for talent and with his 'gift of gab' was able to purchase unknown minor league players and 'sing their praises' and sell them off to the major leagues. And you know what, more often than not, Veeck was right-on as a talent scout."

"Now when Seminick joined the Phillies he was only 23-years-old and still had plenty of rough edges," said our manager. "I mean, he did lead the National League in errors five times. But he was tough-as-nails and managed to stick with the Phillies because of his leadership behind home plate."

"During his first five years with the Phillies, Seminick played under the hard-driving, tongue-lashing Manager Ben Chapman."

"I don't know how we could play winning-ball under that Ben Chapman," recalled an ex-Phillie player.

"The always soft spoken, muscular Seminick seemed to vault into a fine catcher when rookie Manager Eddie Sawyer took over the team in 1948. Sawyer was well-liked and most of his players loved him," our manager further said.

Well, check this out - On June 2, 1949, Seminick hit two homers in a single inning. Six weeks later he lined a homer and a double in the same inning. From September 1949 thru July 1950 he pounded three (3) grand slams.

On September 27, 1950, Seminick severely damaged his ankle in a collision at home plate with Giants' star Monte Irvin. However, Seminick somehow managed to play all-through the world Series in which the New York Yankees took in four straight games.

After the home plate collision, Giants' manager Leo Durocher said of Seminick - "The more I thought about it afterward, the more I said to myself, 'Here's a real man!' He'll break your back if he has to while the game is on, and he expects you to do the same. Then, when it's all over, he'll shake your hand. That's the way it should be. He's my kind of ballplayer.

In December 1951, much to the dismay of Phillies' fans, Seminick was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven player deal. He had three excellent seasons in Cincinnati. In 1952, he hit two grand slams and in '53 smashed 19 homers. On April 30, 1955 he was traded back to the Phillies and retired in '57.

In a poll taken in 1969 of Phillies' fans, Andy Seminick was voted the team's all-time catcher... Quite an honor.

After his playing days, Seminick served as the Phillies bullpen coach and also managed for years in the Phillies minor league system.

Andy Seminick career stats - Right-handed, 5'11", 188 lbs.; .243 BA, 953 hits in 3921 at bats, 139 Ds, 26 Ts 164 Hr, 495 Runs, 556 RBIs, 780 Ks, 582 Ws, .347 on-base-pct, .417 slugging, stole 23 bases, nailed only 7 times

Philadelphia Phillies 1943-1951, 1956-1957; Cincinnati Reds 1952-1955.



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