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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 28, 2021 01:40 PM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Bridge rename- Rudy Minarcin
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to rename the Vandergrift Bridge to the Rudy Minarcin Bridge.

Rudy Minarcin was born on March 25, 1930 in North Vandergrift, Westmoreland County. He led Vandergrift High School to the WPIAL baseball title in 1948 and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.

Ruby Minarcin’s professional baseball career started in 1948 with the Vandergrift Pioneers of the Old-Atlantic League before he was drafted into the Army. After his service, Minarcin made the majors at the age of 25.

In 1955, Minarcin threw a one-hitter complete game at Forbes Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates and driving in two runs. 

During his three-season major league career, Minarcin had a 6-9 record and a 4.66 ERA in 70 appearances, including 13 starts, three complete games, one shutout and three saves, striking out 70 batters while walking 89 in 170 innings pitched. In addition, he went 77-61 with a 3.59 ERA in parts of eight minor league seasons. 

Also, Rudy Minarcin pitched for the Havana Sugar Kings of the International League before Fidel Castro came to power and banned professional sports.

Mr. Rudy Minarcin died on October 15, 2013. A petition was signed by thousands of Vandergrift citizens in support of this name change.

The Vandergrift Bridge is a steel truss bridge over the Kiskiminetas (better known as Kiski) River on PA 56 in East Vandergrift.