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  • George Spencer, former Giants pitcher, passes away

    George Spencer pitched for the Giants from 1950 to 1955, being used mostly as a relief pitcher. In 1951, he went 10-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 57 games.

    Spencer George E. Spencer, age 88, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2014. ...

    He attended The Ohio State University where he quarterbacked the football team and pitched for the Buckeye baseball team. In 1947, George signed his first Major League Baseball contract with the New York Giants. His career was highlighted by helping the Giants defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 National League Pennant race, followed by the World Series against the New York Yankees. In addition to the New York Giants, his seventeen-year playing career as primarily a relief pitcher included time with the Detroit Tigers and a number of minor league teams including the Columbus Jets. George's final years in baseball were spent as a pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers' and Cincinnati Reds' minor league teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    In retirement, he managed the Dollar Federal baseball team in the Columbus Night League in the early 1970's as well as the Lancaster Scouts in the Frontier League in 1994. He was also employed by United McGill Corporation and was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 98 for twenty-two years. George remained an avid sports fan all of his life, following Major League Baseball and his beloved Buckeyes. He was proud to have been honored by the Columbus Clippers in Huntington Park.
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