Andrew “Andy” Timko

About This Inductee

Andy attended Plains High School, playing on several championship teams. In 1935 he starred on the Plains American Legion team which won the State Championship and was runner-up for the National title. In 1939 he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and was assigned to the Hamilton, Ontario Red Wings. That year he hit .291 and 14 home runs. He was also selected to the Pony League All-Star team. In 1940 he moved on to three other teams: Washington, PA; Decatur, Ill; and Allentown, PA, all with impressive numbers. He spent the next four years moving up to Columbia in the American Association, where he batted .305 on a team that won the “Little World Series” beating Syracuse from the International League four games to one. He also played for the Rochester Red Wings while at Columbia. At Rochester, Andy was earning $350. per month and in 1946 because of declining attendance he was asked to take a $100. pay cut. He refused and returned to the coal mines where he worked in the off seasons. Andy passed away in 1981. Surviving are his three sons, Jack, Ronald and Andy, Jr.