Thursday, February 18, 2010

#40 Jack Spring

Custom Autograph card

Jack Russell Spring
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.
Born: March 11, 1933 in Spokane, WA
Debut: April 16, 1955 Philadelphia Phillies
Final Game: August 1, 1965 Cleveland Indians

Obtained by the Los Angeles Angels from the Kansas City Athletics as part of a minor league working agreement on April 14, 1961.
Later purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Los Angeles Angels on May 15, 1964.
1964 Topps

Pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief in the 8th of a 3-2 loss at Cleveland on August 11, 1961.

1961 - 1964
Went 11-2 with 8 saves, and a 3.79 ERA in 142.2 innings.

Spring pitched in a total of six major league games for three clubs before being acquired by the expansion Los Angeles Angels in 1961. He started four games for L.A. and won three of them in September, then pitched exclusively in relief beginning in 1962. That season, his 57 appearances ranked third in the American League. He, along with Art Fowler, Tom Morgan, and later Julio Navarro, were the Angels' most reliable pitchers out of the bullpen during their second and third seasons. Spring's combined record for 1962 and 1963 was 7-2 with 8 saves and a 3.66 ERA in 102 games. He was traded by the Angels on May 15, 1964 and pitched for three more clubs before making his last major league appearance on August 31, 1965.
Career totals include a 12-5 record in 155 games pitched, 5 games started, 0 complete games, 51 games finished, 8 saves, and an ERA of 4.26.
Spring once went 19 consecutive outings without recording a strikeout, which is the longest such streak since 1957.

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