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Rudy A. Minarcin Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 25, 1930 in North Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 195
First Game: April 11, 1955 ; Final Game: September 27, 1957
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Rudy Minarcin This article was written by Bill Nowlin and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Perhaps it's a good thing when you have a major-league baseball affiliate in your hometown.  Right-handed pitcher Rudy Minarcin was born in North Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and the year he turned 17 the Philadelphia Phillies happened to situate a Class C farm team there, the Vandergrift Pioneers of the Middle Atlantic League, managed by Pat Patterson. It would have been difficult not to notice Rudy. He'd thrown eight one-hitters for the North Vandergrift High School Indians during his junior and senior years, won 10 straight games, and been captain of the team for two years. [1] During the 1948 season, Patterson handed over the reins to Lew Krausse during the season. The Phillies approached Vandergrift GM Brute Kramer and signed 18-year-old Minarcin to a bonus contract which The Sporting News pegged at about $6,000. He put in a 7-7 season (3.44 ERA) in 17 games with the Pioneers. The team had already excited the community, a new franchise in 1947 that won first place in the standings and both rounds of the playoffs as well, sweeping the finals.  In 1948 the Pioneers took first place again, but were beaten by Erie in the playoffs. Minarcin had to turn down several pro football offers; he'd been a high school standout on the gridiron, too. An all-state player both in baseball and football, he was captain of the football team in his senior year and was sought as a forward passer. He determined that he'd have a better chance at a longer career, and a less physically-punishing one, in baseball. [2]Rudy Minarcin was the only player from the 1948 team to ever make the major leagues. The Pioneers as a team only lasted four years, disbanding in July 1950. By then native son Minarcin was on his way through five seasons of minor-league ball, interrupted by service during the Korean War, and ultimately to the big leagues.Rudolph Anthony Minarcin was born in the community about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh on March 25, 1930.  His parents Martin and Mary (Solar) Minarcin had both come to the United States from the area of Lednice in what is now the Czech Republic.  Vandergrift was a relatively small community, but it was something of a planned community and one with a Boston connection. Martin Minarcin worked in the U. S. Steel mill and foundry that was just across the bridge, about an eighth of a mile away. He became a butcher and worked at that trade for at least 40 years.

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