Spring is Here, and Spring was in the Majors

At 1:14 AM Eastern time this morning, the Vernal Equinox occurred, bringing with it the first day of Spring.  (As an aside, ever notice how most of “Spring Training” actually takes place in the Winter?).

Here at the VORG, we celebrate this day with a hat tip to the only “Spring” to ever make it to the Majors.

Jack Russell (don’t call him “Terrier”) Spring was a pitcher for ten different organizations in an 18-year professional career.  His career marks of 9.4 hits, 3.8 walks and 4.2 strikeouts per nine innings tell you pretty much all you need to know about his skills.  He appeared in 155 major league games, almost all in relief.  His career was mostly middle relief and set-up man (see below).

Split G PA H HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Save Situ 38 120 34 2 7 10 .309 .345 .436 .781
Non-Save 112 570 133 15 59 58 .273 .353 .429 .782
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2012.

 

He *did* get to pitch against 18 future Hall-of-Famers:

AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Luis Aparicio 13 3 1 1 2 2 .231 .333 .462
Nellie Fox 9 5 0 5 1 0 .556 .600 .778
Brooks Robinson 7 2 0 0 0 0 .286 .375 .429
Harmon Killebrew 2 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .667 .000
Whitey Herzog 5 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200
Al Kaline 4 2 0 1 1 0 .500 .600 .750
Mickey Mantle 3 1 0 1 2 1 .333 .600 .667
Yogi Berra 3 1 1 3 1 0 .333 .500 1.333
Carl Yastrzemski 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Whitey Ford 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Early Wynn 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Hank Aaron 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Orlando Cepeda 1 1 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000
Roberto Clemente 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Monte Irvin 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
Willie Mays 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Robin Roberts 1 1 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Ted Williams 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/20/2012.

Perhaps the items most memorable about Mr. Spring can be found in his transactions.  First, he was traded, returned to his original team 17 days later, then traded again roughly nine days after that:

Then, Spring could be found as a bit player in one of the most noteworthy trades in history:
Here’s to Springtime . . . and Jack Spring.

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail
twitterrss

One thought on “Spring is Here, and Spring was in the Majors

Leave a Reply