Oldest Phillie, 3rd oldest Major Leaguer, Nick Strincevich Passes away at 96
Pitcher Nick Strincevich, the oldest living Phillie player passed away on November 11. He was over 96 years and 8 months old.
He pitched in the majors for eight seasons, 1940-1942 and 1944-1948.
After breaking in with the Boston Braves in 1940 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates the following year, where he would spend the vast majority of his career. His career peaked in the war years of 1944 and 1945. Strincevich went 14-7 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and along with outstanding pitching performances by Rip Sewell and Preacher Roe, led the Pitates to a 90-64, second-place finish. In 1945, Strincevich had his best overall year going 16-10, with a 3.32 E.R.A., with Pittsburgh once again finishing in the first division (82-72, fourth-place).
Overall Strincevich went 46-49, with a 4.05 E.R.A.
The Phillies were his final career stop in 1948. After beginning the season with Pittsburgh, Strincevich was moved to the Phillies in mid-May and spent about one month with the Phillies going 0-1, in six appearences and one start before being released on June 18.
He was the 3rd oldest living major leaguer up until the time of his passing.
Freddie Schmidt, a righthanded pitcher for the 1947 Phillies, is now the oldest living Phillie at age 95.
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