Pitcher, Baseball Player
1931 – 1984
Who was Karl Spooner?
Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1951, Spooner would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 22, 1954 and appeared in his final game on October 3, 1955 when he started game 6 of the 1955 World Series.
Spooner's early minor league career was promising, but erratic. Walks were frequently a problem, as Spooner averaged a walk per inning in his first two minor league seasons. However, he also had great speed, and showed flashes of brilliance. Slowing making his way from the lowest D-level league through to A-ball in his first three seasons, Spooner compiled a fairly unimpressive 27-36 record during this stretch. Then, in 1954, pitching for the AA-level Fort Worth Cats, Spooner had his breakout season, going 21-9 with 262 strikeouts in 238 innings. He was called up to the major leagues at the end of the season.
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