Friday, May 15, 2015
no. 411 - george spriggs
Who is the man: George Spriggs had just completed his busiest season in the major leagues, appearing in 51 games and compiling 130 at-bats in 1970 after four partial years in the bigs. He'd never have another at-bat in the majors.
Can ya dig it: This is Spriggs' only solo card (he's on multi-player rookie cards in the 1968 and 1969 Topps sets). It's a pretty great card for your only one.
Right on: Is that Thurman Munson making another cameo in the 1971 Topps set?
You see that cat Spriggs is a bad mother: A noted speedster, Spriggs stole 335 bases over 10 minor league seasons.
Shut your mouth: Spriggs' son, Geno, was a low-level prospect in the Pirates organization in the late 1980s. He died at age 20 in a car accident. A baseball field in Maryland is named after the younger Spriggs. It's called Geno's Field.
No one understands him but his woman: Sure, he's being thrown out on the play, but Spriggs' created a pretty cool picture by rolling into second base.
(A word about the back): Everything the bio is saying is that Spriggs is fast. Everything the numbers are saying is that speed didn't help him hit.