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Frank Spangenberg

2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Nifty Nine (players with byes into Round 2), Elite Eighteen (Round 2 winners) and Sweet Six (Round 3 winners) member: $105,199.
2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament quarterfinalist: $10,000.
1993 10th Anniversary Tournament champion: $41,800.
1990 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! quarterfinalist: $5,000.
Season 6 5-time champion: $102,597 (winnings capped at $75,000 per the rules of the show at the time; $27,597 donated to Frank's selected charity, the Missionaries of Charity in New York City, an order of nuns that runs a hospice in Manhattan, a branch of the Calcutta mission administered at the time by Mother Teresa).

Frank held the record for cash winnings in regular games ($102,597) between January 1990 and April 2003, when overtaken by Brian Weikle with the advantage of doubled dollar amounts. As adjusted for doubled dollar values (to $205,194), Frank's record stood for 29 years until broken by James Holzhauer (#7968, aired 2019-04-10), with $298,687.

In his fifth game (#1241, aired 1990-01-15), Frank set a single-day cash winnings record of $30,600, breaking the previous record of $27,800 set by Kevin Frear (#902, aired 1988-07-05) and tied by Bob Blake in his second game (#1149, aired 1989-09-07). Frank's record lasted for over two years, when it was broken by Jerome Vered's $34,000 finish in show #1794, aired 1992-05-21.

Frank appeared on Grand Slam on 2007-08-12. He was defeated and eliminated in the Sweet 16 round by Twenty-One 6-time champion David Legler.

Frank appeared in the following 3 archived games:
#2130, aired 1993-12-03 Frank Spangenberg vs. Tom Nosek vs. Leslie Frates 1993 10th Anniversary Tournament final game 2.
#2129, aired 1993-12-02 Frank Spangenberg vs. Tom Nosek vs. Leslie Frates 1993 10th Anniversary Tournament final game 1.
#2128, aired 1993-12-01 Robert Slaven vs. Frank Spangenberg vs. Lionel Goldbart 1993 10th Anniversary Tournament semifinal game 3.
Frank previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Frank Spangenberg in the following 2 archived games:
#1427, aired 1990-11-13 Frank Spangenberg vs. Erik Larsen vs. Larry McKnight 1990 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 2.
#1425, aired 1990-11-09 Frank Spangenberg vs. Steve Berman vs. Andrew Bernknopf 1990 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.
Frank would later appear on Jeopardy! as Frank Spangenberg in the following archived game:
#4078, aired 2002-05-01 Bob Harris vs. Rachael Schwartz vs. Frank Spangenberg 2002 Million Dollar Masters quarterfinal game 1.

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