NICK STRINCEVICH VALPARAISO, IN Nick Strincevich, age 96, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at Life Care Center. He was born March 1, 1915 in Gary to Luis and Karolina (Chlapcic) Strycovic.
On November 14, 1936 in Valparaiso he married Mary Ciesielski, who preceded him in death in 1999.
Survivors include two children: Carol (Les) Perino of Valparaiso and Nick M. (Lourine) Strincevich of Marion, IN; three granddaughters: Lori (Jack) Manushaw, Cheryl (Alan) Passe, and Lisa (Patrick) Frey; four great granddaughters: Amber, Ashley, Samantha, and Jenna; and two great grandsons: Alan Jr. and Nicholas.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brother, Joe; infant brother, Michael; two sisters: Ann Bauer and Daisy Mance.
Nick began a pitching career in major league baseball in 1940 after being recruited to the New York Yankees from Gary's "Twilight League." Following a stint in the Yankee farm system, he was drafted by the Boston Bees and was managed by Casey Stengel.
In 1941 Nick was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was selected to represent the National League in the 1945 All-Star game, but due to war-time travel restrictions the game was cancelled.
After retiring from the Philadelphia Phillies in 1948, Nick went to work at the Budd Plant in Gary, retiring in 1980 as Safety Supervisor.