Marv Breeding

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Marvin Eugene Breeding

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Biographical Information[edit]

Marv Breeding played baseball and basketball at Howard College (now known as Samford) and was a teammate of Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden on Howard's football team. After graduating in 1955, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Marv played two years in the minors, then spent two more in the military. He returned to baseball in 1959 and hit .288 for the Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific Coast League.

Breeding made his big league debut with the O's in 1960 and had what would be his finest season, hitting .267 as the club's regular second baseman. He saw less playing time the next two years and was traded to the Washington Senators after the 1962 season. Midway through 1963, he was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he saw playing time as a backup to injured infielders Jim Gilliam and Maury Wills. The club went on to win the World Series, but Breeding did not appear in the postseason. After that year, he played in the minor league organizations of several other teams but never made it back to the majors.

After retiring from baseball in 1968, Breeding opened his own manufacturing business in his hometown. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame and the Samford University Baseball Hall of Fame. He died at 72 at his home.

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