BRADENTON, Fla. -- Former pitcher Steve Ridzik, a member of
the "Whiz Kids" Philadelphia Phillies that went to the World
Series in 1950, has died. He was 78.
Ridzik died Jan. 8 after battling heart disease for several
years, said Nancy Ridzik, his wife of 10 years.
He returned to Philadelphia in 2000 for a celebration of the
1950 Phillies team, which lost in the World Series to the New York
"He wouldn't have missed it for the world," Nancy Ridzik said
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., on April 29, 1929, Ridzik was signed as a
prospect by the Phillies when he was 16. He won 39 games and had a
lifetime 3.79 earned run average over 12 major league seasons that
included stops with the Washington Senators, the New York Giants
and the Cincinnati Reds.
After baseball, Ridzik worked for a military food distributor in
the Washington, D.C., area before moving to Florida in the late
1980s. He helped organize charity events featuring former major
league players in Florida and helped former Senators teammate Chuck
Hinton establish the Major League Baseball Players Alumni
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, a
brother and sister, and four grandchildren.