Spangler in 1961.
|Born: July 8, 1933|
|September 16, 1959, for the Milwaukee Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 11, 1971, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||175|
|Career highlights and awards|
After turning down an offer from the Chicago White Sox, Spangler was slated to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, with a full scholarship. Spangler decided to attend Duke University. He was an All-American college selection after his junior year, due to a .406 batting average.
Spangler was drafted by the Houston Colt .45s as a premium selection in the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft and led the .45's in hitting their first two seasons. In the Colt .45s' first game against the Chicago Cubs, Spangler drove in the first run in Houston baseball history with a RBI triple in the bottom of the 1st inning off Cubs starter Don Cardwell, driving in teammate Bob Aspromonte.
- Career Statistics and Batting Game Logs at Baseball-Reference.com
- "Al Spangler | Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
- "Player Draft Buffs Shine On Fading Ex Stars". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. 10 October 1961. p. 8. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: Baseball's Ultimate Biographical Reference. New York City, New York: Arbor House/William Morrow and Company. p. 1025. ISBN 0-87795-984-6.
- "Player Draft Buffs Shine On Fading Ex Stars". St. Joseph Gazette. Associated Press. 11 April 1962. p. 9. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- Spangler Cubs latest hitting star
- Angels trade for Spangler
- "Lockman Gets Reprieve As Cubs Start Shakeup". St. Petersburg Times. United Press International. 5 October 1973. p. 2-C. Retrieved 31 August 2011.