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Michael Lynn Squires (Spanky)

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Best known for his defensive skills, first baseman Mike Squires played his entire career with the Chicago White Sox. After his playing days, he became a coach, scout, and front office executive.

Squires was selected by the White Sox in the 18th round of the 1973 amateur draft. With the Knoxville Knox Sox in 1975, he hit .304 and was named Southern League MVP before earning a late season call-up with Chicago. After spending the majority of the next three summers with the Iowa Oaks, he joined the White Sox full-time. In 1980, he appeared in two games behind the plate, becoming the first lefthander to play catcher since Dale Long had in 1958. The next year, as Chicago's regular first baseman, he won a Gold Glove.

Squires was part of a three-man platoon at first for the division-winning 1983 White Sox. Each of Squires, Tom Paciorek and Greg Walker played 400 to 500 innings at the position that year. On August 23rd of that year, he played third base for the Sox, becoming the first left-handed third baseman in more than 50 years. The next year, on April 22nd, he took the mound against the Detroit Tigers. He retired the only batter he faced, getting Tom Brookens to fly out to left field, as Chicago lost the game 9-1.

After his playing career ended, Squires was a Toronto Blue Jays coach from 1989 to 1991 and was a member of the White Sox staff in 1992. After two years as a White Sox scout, he was a St. Louis Cardinals scout from 1995 to 2008. Since then, he has been a special assistant to Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty (as of 2011).

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