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Discussion: Johnny Sepich

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Dec. 20, 2010
sepich daughter
3 posts
Johnny Sepich
Hitman,I am not real good with computers but I hope you get this message.My father is John Sepich,my uncle is Bill Sepich.Both are doing well.My dad is still a great athlete,I am so proud of him!
Dec. 21, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
309 posts
Wow,
Now we are going back to great players.
Great guys both of them, Johnny at shortstop and Billy pitching.
My association was all in the Ford City, Kittaning area tournaments as I was from Leechburg.
Johnny and Billy I think first played for Alexander Inn around Saxonburg, not really sure where there home was any more, but they were two of the priemer players of that time (70-80's).
Johnny played short left field as a SS and could throw anybody out from there. Hitting wasn't a problem for him either as he hit the longest homeruns I've ever seen. His only near equal was Big Tom Miller who was a monster compared to Johnny but Johnny won most of the contests. Just wonder how far Johhny and Big Tom could have hit with today's bats and balls.
I'm not posting what I think his age might be now but feel free to e-mail me at jwmyers56@msn.com.

God Bless and Take Care,
The Hitman
Dec. 21, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
836 posts
hitman, was Tom Miller known as "Killer Miller"? If so, I think he played out of PA and I played against his teams a few times in Virginia. He was BIG and could hit the ball a LONG way!
Dec. 21, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
309 posts
Yes,
That was him, 6ft5+ about 360lbs and could dunk flat footed. I played with and against him till I moved south in 83. My brother still lives in the area and said he had lost a lot of weight but was still BIG. He was also call Big Tom, Dumb and Big Dumb. He played for the PITTSBURH HARD HATS. Saw him hit 18 out of 20 out of Three Rivers Stadium and that was with the first generation Aluminum bats. You know the ones with the rivets in the end and wood handle.
Anyhow on most days Johnny Sepich could out him with the smoothest swing I ever saw and a rifle arm that was mostly just a wrist snap.

The Hitman

Dec. 22, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
309 posts
I'll keep checking here and provided my e-mail above to respond to.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Hitman
March 26, 2011
sepich daughter
3 posts
Hitman,my dad,John Sepich could still play the way he did 25 yrs ago.My dad had a great talent,he played softball and baseball to his best ability.He told me to thank you for writing good about him.He would like to know who you are.You asked-just wonder how far Johny and Big Tom could have hit with todays bats and balls.Well,I know my dad is still in great shape,he could still hit that ball just the same if not better.You should try to get them guys together to play one more game!!!
March 27, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
309 posts
Good to hear that he's doing well. I would love to hear from him and Bill.
I would like to play with him again also but since I became a southener that probably won't happen.
I played with Joe's Army Navy with the Emminger brother's from Kittanning, I'm sure he'll remember them.
I was from Leechburg/Gilpin Twp. and was Police Chief there in the 70's.

If he does e-mail give my address:jwmyers56@msn.com

Jim Myers
The Hitman
Jan. 30, 2013
DaleP17
Men's 50
2 posts
Growing up in Butler, PA., my Dad would take me to The Pike to see the Alexander's team play. Wow, what and entertaining time that was. I have watched major league baseball for a long time and know John Sepich could have played many years in MLB. He is by far the best player (not just shortstop) I have ever seen in many years of watching softball. Quite frankly I am not sure I've ever seen a better shortstop anywhere! Great memories!

I remember all the teams and players back then: Beaver Wissinger, Ronnie Wissinger, Chud Cunningham, Bill Sepich, Rich Weleski, Jeff Birchbigler, Steve Chuba, etc. etc.

That was a great time in my life!
Jan. 30, 2013
birdie
Men's 60
687 posts
DaleP17, The Wissinger brothers are still playing for 60 and 65 team called Hawks Nest. Thanks Harry
Jan. 30, 2013
softballerK1
Men's 65
29 posts
I remember playing league against John, Bill and at least one of the Wissingers (If I'm not mistaken, one of the Wissingers is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Butler this year). They were on Alexander Inn (kicked everybody's butt!) and we did play on a field behind The Pike. Didn't have to go too far for brews after the game, right across the dirt parking lot. John was the smoothest shortstop I ever saw. I never saw him stand up to make a throw. He would always throw it from wherever he caught it and get every runner by a step. It appeared to me he did his throws deliberately...if you were slow he "tossed" it over, if you were fast, he gunned it. Just to make sure you ran it out! I watched John play baseball in the Prep League in Butler. Pullman Park at that time had the exact same dimensions as old Forbes Field. John would hit them over the light standard in left center. Watched him and played against him until he got signed by the Orioles (if I'm not mistaken). I always thought he was Cal Ripkin before Cal Ripkin (i.e., a big strong shortstop, which was not the norm at the time). My understanding is he came home after a couple years because the Orioles brought up another young shortstop by the name of Belanger. I'm pretty sure John could outhit Belanger, but it made me appreciate just how good Belanger's fielding was if he beat out John.

Was Tom Miller also known as Tiny? I remember playing against someone like Tom, but never heard the other nicknames. Tiny also played professional softball and hit them out of major league parks.
Jan. 31, 2013
DaleP17
Men's 50
2 posts
Birdie,

Awesome, that Ronnie (and Beaver too) could really hit the long ball. In a coincidence, my Dad's secretary back then was Ronnie's ex-wife ...lol.

I remember Tom Miller but the only nickname I ever heard him have was "BIG" ... Do you remember the team named Cabana Bar? What a team of All Stars!
Feb. 1, 2013
birdie
Men's 60
687 posts
Dale,It is a small world. Ronnie can still hit em deep. He has hit a few against us over past few years. He is a great guy off the field as well.I hit a line drive off of Beavers foot that bounced over the foul fence a few years back. It looked terrible and their coach told him that is why you catch. It was pretty funny at the time.I do not think Beaver thought that it was funny .Thanks Harry
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