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Al Spangler

Al Spangler
Spangler in 1961.
Born: (1933-07-08) July 8, 1933 (age 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 16, 1959 for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1971 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 175

Career highlights and awards

Albert Donald "Spanky" Spangler (born July 8, 1933, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American Major League Baseball outfielder.[1]

Spangler attended Duke University. He was signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Braves on June 14, 1954. He made his debut on September 16, 1959, and would go on to play his final game on September 11, 1971.[1]

In 1962, Spangler was drafted by the expansion Houston Colt .45s with a required salary of $125,000, and led the .45's in hitting their first two seasons.[2][3] In the Colt .45s' first game against the Chicago Cubs, Spangler drove in the first run in Houston baseball history with an RBI triple in the bottom of the 1st inning off Cubs starter Don Cardwell, driving in teammate Bob Aspromonte.[4]

On June 12, 1969, Spangler hit two Home runs and drove in four runs to help lift his Cubs to a 12 to 6 victory over the Atlanta Braves.[1]

Following his active career, he was a coach and minor league manager for the Chicago Cubs.[5]


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Retrosheet

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