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Harold Stewart Spindel

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Oklahoma native Hal Spindel spent thirteen seasons in professional baseball from 1934 to 1947. After five years (1934-1938) in the minors, Spindel was drafted by the St. Louis Browns from the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in the 1938 Rule V Draft.

Spindel spent 48 games in the major leagues with the St. Louis Browns, making his debut on April 23, 1939. Some six seasons later, Hal made 36 appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945 and ended his big league time with the Phillies with a one-game look on June 9, 1946. His big league stat sheet showed him appearing in a total of 85 games with 209 at-bats and a .254 career batting average.

Hal spent eleven seasons in the minor leagues where he had four seasons over the .300 mark. Hal was with the Seattle Rainiers for six of his eleven years and hit an even .300 in 1936, .310 in 1938 and .355 in 1944, all with the Seattle club. He was with Seattle from 1934 to 1938 and came back in 1944. He was with the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association for three seasons, 1940-1942.

His last season in baseball, 1947, showed him with a .322 average for the Ogden Reds of the Pioneer League. His minor league totals show that Hal hit at a career .285 average with 29 home runs in 928 games.

After baseball, Spindel worked and lived in San Clemente, CA, where he died on July 28, 2002 at the age of 89.

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