Saturday, August 20, 2011

Debut #102 Al Spangler

Albert Donald Spangler (Spanky)
Position: Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.
Born: July 8, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA
MLB Debut: September 16, 1959 Milwaukee Braves
Final Game: September 12, 1971 Chicago Cubs
Years with the Angels: 1965-1966

June 1, 1965: Traded by the Houston Astros to the California Angels for Don Lee.
April 1, 1966: Released by the California Angels.
May, 1966: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.
February 13, 1967: Released by the California Angels.

Spangler entered the game in the 6th as a pinch hitter for pitcher Aubrey Gatewood, and with one out walked against Oriole Starter Wally Bunker (who threw a complete game shutout) in a 7-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, June 5, 1965 (D) at Chavez Ravine.

Appeared in 57 games, all in the outfield. Hit .295 in 105 AB, scoring 19 runs. Committed only 2 errors in 82 chances.

Best Angels Performance:
Went 3 for 5, stealing 2 bases and scoring twice in a 6-4 loss to the Washington Senators on on Sunday, August 8, 1965 (D) at Chavez Ravine.

Signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent in 1954.
One of the original Houston Colt .45s in 1962.
Hit .292 for the AAA Seattle Angels in 1966.
Loved to face Larry Jackson: 17 for 57, 5 doubles, 2 triples, .298
Owned by Gaylord Perry: 7 for 40, .175, 10 strikeouts
Also played for the Braves (59-61); Colt 45s (62-64); Astros (65); Cubs (67-71).

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