Ed Sprague Stats

Ed Sprague was born on Sunday, September 16, 1945, in Boston, Massachusetts. Sprague was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1968, with the Oakland Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ed Sprague baseball stats page.

"To be a star you've got to be in the right spot at the right time and someone has to like you. In the big leagues everyone has ability. I know my arm is as good as anyone's. I'm throwing the same stuff now I always did. The difference isn't the stuff. It's a mental thing, part confidence. It's part experience. You learn something every time you pitch. I know now what they've always meant by saying experience is as important as ability." - Ed Sprague in The Cincinnati Enquirer (Bob Hertzel, Opportunity Arrives, Ed Sprague Delivers , 05/31/1973, Page 71)
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Autograph on a 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#76 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1975top01' title='1975 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Ed Sprague Autograph on a 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#76 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Edward Nelson Sprague
Nickname:
Ed
Born On:
09-16-1945  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Boston, Massachusetts
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-10-2020 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Lodi, California
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Hayward High School (Hayward, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
04-10-1968 (Age 22)
Last Game:
06-05-1976
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1968 23 Athletics 47 1 16 3 4 .429 3.28 0 0 4 68.2 282 51 25 29 5 34 5 34 6 2 0 -
1969 24 Athletics 27 0 9 1 1 .500 4.47 0 0 2 46.1 210 47 23 24 4 31 6 20 2 2 0 -
1971 26 Reds 7 0 1 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 11.0 43 8 0 2 0 1 0 7 1 0 0 -
1972 27 Reds 33 1 10 3 3 .500 4.13 0 0 0 56.2 245 55 26 33 6 26 3 25 6 3 0 -
1973 28 Reds 28 0 10 1 3 .250 5.12 0 0 1 38.2 172 35 22 22 3 22 7 19 3 2 1 -
1973 28 Cardinals 8 0 5 0 0 .000 2.25 0 0 0 8.0 34 8 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 -
1973 28 Brewers 7 0 5 0 1 .000 9.31 0 0 1 9.2 59 13 10 11 0 14 5 3 1 2 0 -
1974 29 Brewers 20 10 5 7 2 .778 2.39 3 0 0 94.0 395 94 25 32 3 31 0 57 1 4 0 -
1975 30 Brewers 18 11 2 1 7 .125 4.68 0 0 1 67.1 320 81 35 46 5 40 3 21 6 2 0 -
1976 31 Brewers 3 0 1 0 2 .000 7.04 0 0 0 7.2 37 14 6 7 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
8 Years 198 23 64 17 23 .425 3.84 3 0 9 408.0 1,797 406 174 208 27 206 30 188 27 17 1 -
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1968 23 Athletics 47 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 24 Athletics 27 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400
1971 26 Reds 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1972 27 Reds 33 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1973 28 Reds 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1973 28 Cardinals 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1973 28 Brewers 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 29 Brewers 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 30 Brewers 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 31 Brewers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
8 Years 198 22 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3 0 0 1 .045 .045 .091
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1968 Athletics P 47 1 206 25 0.5 23 8 15 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .920 3.01
1969 Athletics P 27 0 139 23 0.9 22 5 17 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 4.27
1971 Reds P 7 0 33 1 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1972 Reds P 33 1 170 9 0.3 8 2 6 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.27
1973 Reds P 28 0 116 14 0.5 12 3 9 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 2.79
1973 Cardinals P 8 0 24 3 0.4 3 2 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1973 Brewers P 7 0 29 2 0.3 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.86
1974 Brewers P 20 10 282 19 1.0 17 8 9 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .895 1.63
1975 Brewers P 18 11 202 18 1.0 15 7 8 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.00
1976 Brewers P 3 0 23 4 1.3 4 0 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.70
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 198 23 1,224 118 0.6 106 36 70 12 6 n/a n/a n/a .898 2.34
8 Years 198 23 1,224 118 0.6 106 36 70 12 6 n/a n/a n/a .898 2.34
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1968 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.4 0.0 1.00 4.46 4.46
1969 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 0.65 3.88 6.02
1971 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 7.00 5.73 0.82
1972 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.4 0.0 0.96 3.97 4.13
1973 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.86 4.42 5.12
1973 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 2.25 4.50
1973 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.21 2.79 13.03
1974 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.84 5.46 2.97
1975 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.53 2.81 5.35
1976 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 3.52
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
8 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.7 0.0 0.91 4.15 4.54
Ed Sprague

Ed Sprague Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1968 Oakland Athletics 22 Undetermined - -
1969 Oakland Athletics 22 Undetermined - -
1971 Cincinnati Reds 44 Undetermined - -
1972 Cincinnati Reds 44 Undetermined - -
1973 Cincinnati Reds 44 Undetermined - -
1973 St. Louis Cardinals 48 Undetermined - -
1973 Milwaukee Brewers 29 $16,000.00 - -
1974 Milwaukee Brewers 29 $18,000.00 - -
1975 Milwaukee Brewers 29 Undetermined - -
1976 Milwaukee Brewers 29 Undetermined - -


Edward Nelson Sprague was a Major League Baseball player with the Oakland Athletics (1968-1969), Cincinnati Reds (1971-1973), St. Louis Cardinals (1973), and Milwaukee Brewers (1973-1976). Did you know that Ed, his nickname, was the first relief pitcher, in the first game ( April 10, 1968 ) ever played after the Athletics relocated from Kansas City , to Oakland ?
Ed Sprague Rookie Baseball Card
Ed Sprague Rookie Card | 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#638 | Checklist )
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Ed Sprague did not play baseball at Hayward High School (Hayward, CA), but he did join the United States Army after graduating, and was scouted and discovered by the Cardinals while playing softball in Germany. Ed's son, also named Ed Sprague , played baseball at high school, received a scholarship to play at Stanford , and won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics!
Ed Sprague Biography
Ed Sprague | The Cincinnati Enquirer | February 25, 1971

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