Frank Seminara
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics


Brooklyn-born Frank Seminara was an All-City star at Xaverian High School prior to making his move to Manhattan to pitch for Columbia University.

Seminara arrived at Columbia in 1985 with a fastball that touched 90 mph with movement.  A hard-throwing righty, Seminara established himself during his sophomore season.  A member of the 1987 squad which set a new Columbian record with 28 wins in a single season, Seminara led the nation with a 2.12 earned run average.  He started off the season on fire, going 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA and striking out a batter an inning before having his season shut down by injury.

After a solid junior season, Seminara was selected by the New York Yankees in the 12th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Acquired by San Diego in 1990, Seminara made his big league debut with the Padres in iconic Wrigley Field, becoming the first Columbian to pitch in a major league game since 1937.  Seminara took on a Cubs lineup that included Sammy Sosa and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitched a shutout into the seventh inning.  Seminara finished the 1992 season with a 9-4 record and a 3.68 ERA.

In 1994, the native New Yorker retuned to the city to pitch for the New York Mets.  He finished his three-year career in the majors with a 12-9 record, 4.12 ERA and 90 strikeouts.