Former Stanford And Pro Baseball Player Ed Sprague Hired As Pacific Head Coach
July 7, 2003
Stockton, Calif. - Former Stanford and Major League Baseball player Ed Sprague has been named the head baseball coach at the University of Pacific. Sprague, who played for three seasons at Stanford (1986-88) and was a member of both of the school's national championship teams in 1987 and 1988, was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. Sprague still ranks tied for sixth among Stanford's all-time leaders with 41 career home runs. He also finished his collegiate career with a .330 batting average and 178 RBI. Sprague earned All-American honors in 1988, hitting .339 with 22 homers (#4T Stanford single-season list) and 81 RBI (#3T Stanford single-season list).
Three years after being selected by Toronto in the first round of the 1988 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Sprague began an 11-year Major League Baseball career (1991-2001) when he made his debut for the Blue Jays. Sprague also played for Oakland, Pittsburgh, Boston and San Diego. He played on two World Series Championship teams with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993. In 1996, he put up career-highs in both homers (36) and RBI (101) with Toronto. In 1999, Sprague earned a spot in the All-Star Game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sprague finished his Major League Baseball career after the 2001 season with a .247 batting average, 152 homers and 558 RBI.
Sprague spent the 2003 baseball season as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, helping to lead the Rams to a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.