January 23, 1951 |
|September 1, 1972, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1980, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Runs batted in||256|
Leslie Charles Spikes (born January 23, 1951, in Bogalusa, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1972 through 1980 for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and Atlanta Braves. He also played 26 games for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan in 1981. His playing career nickname was "The Bogalusa Bomber."
Spikes was drafted in the first round of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft by the Yankees. He made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1972. Following the 1972 season, he was traded by the Yankees with John Ellis, Jerry Kenney and Rusty Torres to the Indians for Graig Nettles and Jerry Moses. He played for the Indians through the 1977 season, when he was traded to the Tigers for Tom Veryzer.
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