Springer comes from an athletic family. His sisters were standout softball players. His paternal grandfather moved to the United States from Panama to play baseball. His father, George Jr., played baseball in the Little League World Series and then college football at Connecticut. It was at school that George Jr. met his wife, Laura, a college gymnast from Puerto Rico.
George Springer III’s parents chose to raise their children in New Britain. It allowed them to grow up around their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and in a diverse community.
“Our kids, from a very early age, were connecting with kids that many of them didn’t look like them or spoke a different language,” said Springer’s father, who is a lawyer. “And if you watch George now, you see how he interacts with everybody.”
Early in high…