Spigel was a star baseball player at McKinley Tech High School where he made the All-High team for three years. He attended Georgetown University where he was the outstanding pitcher for the baseball team. From 1935 to 1940, he was a pitcher in the semi-pro leagues and was once rated as a major league prospect. Spigel later served as a captain in the Air Force. He graduated from Georgetown School of Dentistry and was a prominent dentist in the Washington area for many years.