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Karl Spooner
Pitcher
Born: June 23, 1931(1931-06-23)
Oriskany Falls, New York
Died: April 10, 1984 (aged 52)
Vero Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 22, 1954 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1955 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Career statistics
Win-Loss     10-6
Earned run average     3.09
Strikeouts     105
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Karl Benjamin Spooner (June 23, 1931, in Oriskany Falls, New York – April 10, 1984, in Vero Beach, Florida) was a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher.

Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1951, Spooner would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 22, 1954 and appeared in his final game on October 3, 1955 when he started game 6 of the 1955 World Series.

The book Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings (2004) includes short stories from former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine. Spooner is prominent in many of these stories.

Spooner was considered by many in Major League Baseball to be the next superstar after his stellar rookie year of 1954. Although he only started two games on the mound for the Dodgers, Spooner, compiled two complete game shutouts, throwing all 18 innings, giving up 7 total hits and no runs. Spooner struck out the very first six batters he faced that year, and 15 in his very first game, both marks setting a Major League record. Pete Richert would tie the former record in 1962, and J. R. Richard the latter, in 1971.

However, during Spring Training prior to the 1955 season, Spooner entered a game without warming up properly. A severe arm injury was the result, and Spooner would only appear in 29 more games in his career. Prior to the injury, Spooner yielded a fastball that ranged in the mid to high 90s.

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