Born: July 30, 1946|
Died: February 10, 2002 (aged 55)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|September 7, 1968 for the California Angels|
Last MLB appearance
|June 20, 1982 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||599|
Career highlights and awards
James Lloyd Spencer (July 30, 1946 – February 10, 2002) was a Major League Baseball first baseman. Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the left-handed Spencer was recognized for his excellent fielding ability, but also served in later years as a designated hitter.
Spencer was drafted by the California Angels in the first round (11 overall) of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft upon graduation from Andover High School in Linthicum, Maryland. After batting .292 with 28 home runs and 96 runs batted in for the El Paso Sun Kings in
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Spencer began the
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While Spencer's offensive numbers improved in
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Injuries limited Spencer to 82 games in
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Spencer was batting .300 for the Rangers when he was named to the AL All-Star team. He had one at-bat in the game, and flew out to left field. Despite the fact that Spencer committed just one error in 1973 and one in
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Chicago White Sox
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On May 14,
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New York Yankees
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Spencer's career high in home runs (23) came in
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During Spring training
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Spencer batted only .191 while in Oakland, and was released early in the
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In 1973, Spencer had a .999 fielding percentage with only one error in the 125 games he played at first base. The next year, he had only 1 error in 60 games at first base, a .998 fielding percentage.
- "California Angels 4, Baltimore Orioles 3". Baseball-Reference.com. May 31, 1969.
- "1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. July 24, 1973.
- "Chicago White Sox 18, Cleveland Indians 2". Baseball-Reference.com. May 14, 1977.
- "Chicago White Sox 13, Minnesota Twins 8". Baseball-Reference.com. July 2, 1977.
- "1978 American League Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. October 3–7, 1978.
- "1978 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. October 10–17, 1978.
- "Ryan, Renko See No-hit Bids Spoiled in 9th Inning". The Pittsburgh Press. July 14, 1979.
- Catherine Wolf (April 2, 1981). "Yanks Get Jason Thompson, But Trade Might be Invalid". The Daily Reporter.
- Richard Goldstein (February 14, 2002). "Obituaries: Jim Spencer, 54, First Baseman Who Played for 1978 Yankees". New York Times.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Gauge
- Venezuelan Professional Baseball League