Friday, August 29, 2014
1994 Collector's Choice, Ed Sprague
#423 Ed Sprague
Here is one of the three cards that I got signed by Ed Sprague in 2012. Ed is the head baseball coach for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I was able to get him when the Tigers came to Kansas to play Kansas State. I posted the first card of him shortly after getting it signed and you can read more about that day here. Here is the second card I posted.
Ed played in the Majors for eleven seasons. He spent a majority of the time with the Blue Jays, but he also played for the A's, Pirates, Padres, Red Sox, and Mariners. Ed was a .247 career hitter with 152 home runs and 558 RBI. His best season was with the Jays in 1996. That season, he hit 36 home runs with 35 doubles and 101 RBI, all season highs.
In 1999, Ed made the All Star team as a member of the Pirates. That season, he had 22 home runs (the second most of his career) with 81 RBI.
Next season will mark Ed's twelfth season at Pacific. It looks like he will be coaching his son, Jed, this season, too.