Ed Spiezio in 2017
October 31, 1941 |
|July 23, 1964, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1972, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||174|
|Career highlights and awards|
Edward Wayne Spiezio (born October 31, 1941) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1964 through 1972 for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. Listed at 5' 11", 180 lb., Spiezio batted and threw right handed. He was born in Joliet, Illinois.
Notably, he also collected the first hit, first home run, and scored the first run in San Diego Padres history. This took place at Opening Game on April 8, 1969, in the bottom of the fifth inning against Houston Astros right-hander Don Wilson.
Spiezio also played for four different Minor league teams in parts of five seasons spanning 1963–1972, posting a .263 average with 47 homers and 191 RBI in 383 games.
Ed and Scott Spiezio are regarded as the third father-son tandem in Cardinals' history. In addition, both of the Spiezios have won World Championships. As is aforementioned, Ed won two with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967, while Scott won two with the Angels in 2002 and the Cardinals in 2006.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- SABR BioProject
- Brody, Tom C. "Please, Please, Ed Spiezio, Won't You Please Pop Up?" Sports Illustrated, April 12, 1965.