The skinny Connecticut kid with a stutter grew up to be a World Series MVP.
George Springer — who was born and raised in New Britain, Conn., and who starred at Avon Old Farms and UConn — put on a World Series for the ages, driving the Houston Astros to their first World Series championship.
Springer, 28, became the first former UConn player to win the World Series and just the second New England native to win the World Series MVP, following Tom Glavine (Billerica, Mass.), who earned the award in 1995.
On a championship club with a likely MVP in batting champion Jose Altuve and a potential future MVP in shortstop Carlos Correa, Springer has proven to be not just the face of the Astros but also their heart and soul.