Sunday, October 9, 2016

Signature Sundays - Bill Spanswick

Mother Nature guaranteed that the 2016 season for the Boston Red Sox (and by extension the career of David Ortiz) would last at least one more day with today's rain-out.  I'll be at Fenway tomorrow evening, but not for the baseball game.  I'll be seeing Kaleo in concert across the street at the House of Blues.  Hopefully Clay Buchholz and the gang can at least force a game 4 while I'm enjoying an evening of live rock music.

Alright, onto Signature Sundays.  Tonight I've got an autograph of a really obscure name from Red Sox history, pitcher Bill Spanswick:

Bill grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Worcester, MA, and entered the Red Sox minor league system in the late '50s.  He finally made the big league club coming out of Spring Training in 1964.  Spanswick would appear in 29 games that year, 7 of them as a starter in the earlier portion of the season.

He returned to the minors for the 1965 season and would never pitch an inning in Major League Baseball again.  The one season wonder that was Bill Spanswick seems like an odd choice for Topps to have included in the 2014 Heritage set as a 'Real One Autograph', but as a fan of the lesser known players in the Red Sox past I'm glad they did!


3 comments:

Angus said...

Yeah, I like that lesser remembered players get autographs too.

Matthew Scott said...

I'm always hoping for a set that has more obscure active players. Maybe Topps Total will come back and add some autos of relievers and backup catchers. One thing is for sure is that you can always count on Heritage for the vintage obscure name.

Mark Hoyle said...

The more obscure the better. Nice auto

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