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Spud Chandler
September 12, 1907 Spud Chandler born, Commerce, Georgia
  Spud Chandler
January 9, 1990 Spud Chandler dies, Pasadena, Florida
  Spud Chandler

Selected as an All-Star four times, and a one-time winner of the American League Most Valuable Player over an 11-year career with the New York Yankees, Spud Chandler was frequently overshadowed by such legendary teammates as Joe Dimaggio, Bill Dickey and Lou Gerhig, but he was beloved by Georgians who remembered his years playing both baseball and football at the University of Georgia (1929-1932). He was a tough competitor noted for five different pitches (not four, as in an erroneous book title), as effective throwing breaking balls as he was tossing a blazing fastball. When he retired he had the highest winning percentage of pitchers with 10 or more years of service. It is a record he still holds. He retired in 1947 after injuring his arm.

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