Floyd Speer

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Floyd Speer
Relief pitcher
Born: January 27, 1913
Booneville, Arkansas
Died: March 22, 1969
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 1943, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 1944, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Games played 3
Strikeouts 2
Earned run average 9.00

Vernie Floyd Speer was an American professional baseball pitcher. He was born on January 27, 1913, in Booneville, Arkansas. He attended Booneville High School, where he starred in baseball. His twin brother, Bernie Loyd Speer, was often his catcher.

Floyd began his professional baseball career in 1938 in the now-defunct Cotton States League. He moved to play for Shreveport in the Texas League in 1941. At the age of 30, Speer broke into the big leagues on April 25, 1943, with the Chicago White Sox. He played his last game with the Sox on May 3, 1944. He later played for other minor league teams, including the St. Paul Saints in 1943, the Milwaukee Brewers in 1945 and the Oakland Oaks in 1946-48.

Vernie Floyd Speer married Rosadell McConnell, who was also from Booneville, Arkansas.

Speer returned to Arkansas where he died in Little Rock on March 22, 1969. He was 56 years old. Speers was returned to his hometown of Booneville, where he was buried in the Carolan Community Cemetery, 5 miles outside of town.