Monday, July 19, 2010

#60 Ed Kirkpatrick


Edgar Leon Kirkpatrick (Spanky)
Outfielder, Catcher, First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 195 lb.
Born: October 8, 1944 in Spokane, WA
Debut: September 13, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: October 2, 1977 Milwaukee Brewers
Years with the Angels: 1962-1968

Signed by the Los Angeles Angels as an amateur free agent before the 1962 season.
Later traded by the California Angels with Dennis Paepke to the Kansas City Royals for Hoyt Wilhelm on Decdember 12, 1968.

ANGELS DEBUT:
Entered game in the bottom of the 9th as a pinch hitter for Bob Botz and grounded out in a 5-4 loss to the Kansas City A's on Thursday, September 13, 1962 (D) at Chavez Ravine.

ANGELS RECORD
1962-1968
Hit .215 in seven seasons as a bench player.

INTERESTING FACTS:
-Was only 17 when he made his debut.
-His trade to the Athletics was the first ever for Kansas City.
-Played for 16 major league seasons.
-He ended Kansas City Athletics' Bert Campaneris's September 8, 1965 game when Campy played all nine positions, by colliding with him in a play at the plate and then beating him so badly in the ensuing melee that Campy was sent to the hospital.
-Smacked Reds Manager Sparky Anderson in a melee in 1974.
-Had the last hit ever at Kansas Citys Municipal Stadium on october 4, 1972.
-Spent his last year of professional baseball with the 1978 Pacific Coast League Salt Lake City Gulls.
-He was maimed in a 1981 auto accident that relegated him to a wheelchair for life.

2 comments:

  1. He hit a tie breaking home run to beat the mets 2-1 in Sept of 1974 or 1975

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  2. John, were you there for that event?

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