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Ed Sukla, Jack Spring and Alex Johnson, former Angels players, pass away

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  • Ed Sukla, Jack Spring and Alex Johnson, former Angels players, pass away

    Ed Sukla pitched for the Angels from 1964 to 1966 -- that was the extent of his big league career. He was out of the majors at age 23. He died September 24 at age 72.

    March 3rd, 1943 - September 24th, 2015
    Edward Anthony Sukla passed away early last Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. ...

    Rod Dedeaux, the legendary USC Baseball Coach, lived across the street at Surfside, and said Eddie was among the best natural athletes he had ever seen while offering him a baseball scholarship. But Eddie's dream was to play in the major leagues and the Angels signed him to a bonus contact after his graduation in 1961.

    He quickly moved through the minor leagues and made his major league debut in 1964 at 21. The following year he became the first Angel winning pitcher at the new Angel Stadium. An arm injury derailed his career and in 1966 he played his last game in the majors before retiring in 1975. He settled on a new career as a professional scout and joined the Major League Scouting Bureau. He was highly respected for his work and in 2007 was named National Scout of the Year. ...
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    Jack Spring pitched for the Angels from 1961 to 1964. He was 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA for the club in 45 games in 1963. He died August 2 at age 82.

    Jack Russell Spring, a left hander who pitched in the same bullpen as Satchel Paige and against Mickey Mantle before returning home and coaching West Valley to the Spokane area’s only state high school baseball championship in 1978, died on Sunday. He was 82.

    Last summer, after advanced Parkinson’s disease had confined him to a wheelchair, Spring attended a ceremony for the naming of “Jack Spring Stadium” at West Valley High School where he spent 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.
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    Alex Johnson played for the Angels in 1970 and 1971. He led the American League in batting average with a .329 mark in 1970 and made his only All-Star appearance that year. He also had 202 hits that campaign. He died February 28 at age 72.

    Alex Johnson, 1970 American League batting champion, passed away today. He was 72 years old.

    Johnson, a product of Northwestern High School, played for eight major league teams including the Tigers. He won the batting crown while playing for the California Angels hitting .329 with 86 RBI. Johnson also played in the 1970 All-Star Game and finished eighth in voting for league MVP.
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