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Albert Donald Spangler (Spanky)

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Al Spangler, who played 13 seasons in the majors, was one of the original Houston Colt .45s and one of their best hitters in the early days.

Out of Duke University, he attended there immediately after Dick Groat had left. Drafted in 1954, Spangler broke in auspiciously with the 1959 Milwaukee Braves, going 5-for-12. The next year, as a teammate of Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews, he appeared in 101 games.

Late in his career he became a back-up outfielder and pinch-hitter for the Chicago Cubs. In 1968 when he hit .271, the league hit .243. He was one of the oldest players in the league in 1971 (three years younger than Ernie Banks), when he went 2-for-5. During that year, he was moved back and forth by the Cubs between the active roster and a coaching position.

He managed at Midland in 1972-73.

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