Card #32 - Floyd Speer
Floyd made his MLB debut on April 25, 1943, against the Browns, in St. Louis, at Sportsman's Park. He entered in the seventh inning and promptly gave up a hit and two walks before finishing the inning. Speer may have been in line to work the eighth, but the game was called after the seventh inning, with the White Sox behind 5 to 1.
He would have to wait for another opportunity to pitch in the big leagues until nearly a year later, on April 23, 1944, in St. Louis again, against the Browns, in the first game of a double header. This time, entering in the eighth, he fared much better, striking out one and throwing a 1-2-3 inning.
Once more fortune struck Speer, as he entered a game in the eighth on May 3, 1944, in Cleveland, against the Indians. In what would mark his final MLB appearance, he gave up two runs on four hits, facing six batters, but completing the inning. His minor league career was much more successful, lasting sixteen seasons, from 1938 until 1953, posting a record of 189 - 131, with a minor league career ERA of 3.84.