Sam Chapman

Samuel Blake Chapman (April 11, 1916 – December 22, 2006) was an American two-sport athletic star who played as a center fielder in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Philadelphia Athletics (1938–1941, 1945–1951). He batted and threw right-handed, leading the American League in putouts four times. He was previously an All-American college football player at the University of California.

Sam Chapman
Sam Chapman
Center fielder
Born: April 11, 1916
Tiburon, California, U.S.
Died: December 22, 2006 (aged 90)
Kentfield, California, U.S.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 1938, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1951, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.266
Home runs180
Runs batted in773
Career highlights and awards
Sam Chapman
University of California at Berkeley – No. 48
Career history
  • Cal (1935–1937)
High schoolTamalpais Union High School
Personal information
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1984)

Early life

Born in Tiburon, California, Chapman graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California in 1934, with letters in football, baseball, basketball and track; his football coach was former Cal star Roy Riegels.

College career

Going to the university at Riegels' suggestion, Chapman starred in football for the Golden Bears under head coach Stub Allison, where he was first nicknamed "Sleepy Sam" due to his stolid temperament.[1] He was named an All-American for the 1937 Pacific Coast Conference and national champion "Thunder Team", which went on to win the 1938 Rose Bowl; the last time California has won the game. Later nicknamed the "Tiburon Terror",[2] Chapman was also an All-American college baseball player.

Professional career

Turning down a pro football career after being drafted in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, he made his debut with the Athletics on May 16, 1938, shortly after graduation.[3] He played most of the season in left field, moving to center field the following year. As a rookie, he batted .259 with 17 home runs (second on the team to Bob Johnson) and 63 runs batted in. His batting average and RBI total increased steadily in each of the next three campaigns, to .269/64 (1939) and .276/75 (1940) before peaking with a .322 average and 106 RBI in 1941. In the latter year he had his best season, finishing fifth in the AL in both slugging average (.543) and total bases (300), with a career-best 25 home runs. On May 5, 1939, Chapman hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Browns.[4]

He joined the Navy for World War II after the 1941 season,[5] and served as a pilot and flight instructor in Corpus Christi, Texas.[6][7] He returned to the Athletics in late 1945,[8] and was named to the AL All-Star team in 1946. But he never quite returned to his pre-war level of play; apart from 1949, when he batted .278 with 24 HRs (tied for third in the AL) and 108 RBI (fifth in the AL), he never exceeded a .261 average. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in May 1951, and ended the year with a .215 batting mark; he left the major leagues at the end of that season, but played three more years for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. In an 11-season major league career, Chapman posted a .266 batting average with 180 home runs, 773 RBI, 754 runs, 1329 hits and 41 stolen bases in 1368 games.

After baseball

After leaving baseball, Chapman became an inspector for the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District.[9] He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984, and to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1999, he was named to the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. In 2006, the Tiburon Town Council voted to commission a statue of Chapman to be installed at the Tiburon ferry landing.[10] That plan was later adjusted, and in 2012, a plaque honoring Chapman was dedicated at Point Tiburon Plaza.[11]

Chapman died at an assisted-living residence in Kentfield, California, at the age of 90, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Stub Allison Makes Five Shifts". Oakland Tribune. September 11, 1936. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  2. ^ Cohn, Art (October 13, 1937). "Sam Chapman Greater Than Red Grange, Claims Allison". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  3. ^ "Sam Chapman Signs Contract With Philadelphia Athletics". Los Angeles Times. AP. May 3, 1938. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Athletics 10, St. Louis Browns 5". Retrosheet. May 5, 1939.
  5. ^ "Sam Chapman To Join Navy". The Honolulu Advertiser. October 30, 1941. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  6. ^ "Winning Wings". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. AP. February 5, 1943. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  7. ^ "Chapman Wins Wings and a Commission". Abilene Reporter-News. Abilene, Texas. March 3, 1943. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  8. ^ "Sam Chapman Rejoins A's; Discharged From Navy". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. UP. September 11, 1945. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  9. ^ "Smog Ban Bringing Few Howls In Marin". Daily Independent Journal. San Rafael, California. January 17, 1970. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  10. ^ "A fitting honor for a Tiburon legend". Marin Independent Journal. Marin County, California. August 8, 2006.
  11. ^ Jason, Will (June 8, 2012). "Former big leaguer Sam Chapman honored in Tiburon". Marin Independent Journal. Marin County, California. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Sam Chapman, former Philadelphia Athletics outfielder, dies at 90". The Sentinel. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. AP. December 30, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via

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Preceded by
Odell Hale
Hitting for the cycle
May 5, 1939
Succeeded by
Charlie Gehringer
1937 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1937 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1937 college football season. The organizations selecting teams in 1937 included the Associated Press (AP), the International News Service (INS), and the United Press (UP).The 1937 California Golden Bears football team, known as the "Thunder Team," won the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) championship with a 10-0-1 record, were ranked #2 in the final AP Poll, and defeated Alabama by a 13-0 score in the 1938 Rose Bowl. Six members of the 1937 California team received first-team honors from the AP, INS, or UP. The Cal honorees were quarterback Johnny Meek (AP, INS, UP), halfbacks Vic Bottari (INS, UP) and Sam Chapman (AP, INS, UP), end Perry Schwartz (AP, UP), guard Vard Stockton (AP, INS, UP), and center Bob Herwig (AP, INS, UP).Three players from teams outside the PCC received first-team honors: fullback George Karamatic of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (AP), tackle Alvord Wolff of the Santa Clara Broncos (AP), and guard Dougherty of Santa Clara.

1937 College Football All-America Team

The 1937 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1937. The ten selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1937 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the United Press (UP), (4) the All-America Board (AAB), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, (9) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and (10) the Sporting News (SN).

1938 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1938 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 53 wins and 99 losses.

1938 Rose Bowl

The 1938 Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1938, and was the 24th Rose Bowl. The game featured the California Golden Bears against the Alabama Crimson Tide, two of the top teams from the 1937 college football season. This game was the fifth trip to Pasadena for the Tide, which had gone without a loss in four previous Rose Bowl games.

1939 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1939 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing seventh in the American League with a record of 55 wins and 97 losses.

1941 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1941 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 64 wins and 90 losses.

1947 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1947 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing fifth in the American League with a record of 78 wins and 76 losses.

Except for a fifth-place finish in 1944, the A's finished in last or next-to-last place every year from 1935–1946. In 1947, Connie Mack not only got the A's out of last place, but actually finished with a winning record for the first time in 14 years.

1948 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1948 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses.

1949 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1949 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 81 wins and 73 losses.

1950 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1950 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 52 wins and 102 losses. It would be 88-year-old Connie Mack's 50th and last as A's manager, a North American professional sports record. During that year the team wore uniforms trimmed in blue and gold, in honor of the Golden Jubilee of "The Grand Old Man of Baseball."

1954 Caribbean Series

The sixth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1954. It was held from February 18 through February 23, featuring the champion baseball teams from Cuba, Alacranes del Almendares; Panama, (Carta Vieja Yankees; Puerto Rico, Criollos de Caguas, and Venezuela, Lácteos de Pastora. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Sixto Escobar Stadium in San Juan, P.R..

2015 National League speedway season

The 2015 National League was the seventh season of the National League, the third tier of British speedway. The Cradley Heathens were the defending champions after winning the competition in 2014.

Cradley finished the 2015 season in third place, as the Birmingham Brummies won the championship title. With 14 wins from 18 matches, the Brummies won the title after a 47–42 victory at the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in September, and ultimately finished 6 points clear of the Eastbourne Eagles.

Breckland District

Breckland District Council is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its head office is located at Elizabeth House in the town of Dereham. It is a second tier local government authority that sits below Norfolk County Council.

The population of the council at the 2011 Census was 130,491.Breckland District Council derives its name from the Breckland landscape region, a gorse-covered sandy heath of south Norfolk and north Suffolk. The term Breckland is ancient, and is found as early as the 13th century in the form Brakelond.

The Council is predominately rural with 108 villages (full list below) and 5 market towns, Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton.

Hall County School District

The Hall County School District is a public school district in Hall County, Georgia, United States, based in Gainesville. It serves the communities of Buford, Braselton, Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Gillsville, Lula, Oakwood, and Rest Haven.

The Superintendent is Will Schofield. The chair of the Hall County Board of Education is Nath Morris, who also serves all the North Hall Representatice. The four other board members are Craig Herrington, Vice-chairman and West Hall Representative; Sam Chapman, East Hall Representative; Bill Thompson, County At-Large Representative; and Mark Pettitt, South Hall Representative.

In October 2009, Hall County Schools received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with a grade of A.

No Sweat (TV series)

No Sweat is a British television children's comedy show that went to air on CBBC in the late 1990s. The show followed the exploits of struggling boy band, North & South, consisting of Jimmy (played by James Hurst), Greg (played by Lee Otter), Miles (played by Tom Lowe) and Giles (played by Sam Chapman), who were a band in real life, scoring four United Kingdom Top 40 hits between 1997 and 1998 including a #7 debut single "I'm A Man Not A Boy" in May 1997.

Ray Herbert

Raymond Ernest Herbert (born December 15, 1929) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He appeared in 407 Major League Baseball (MLB) games, over 14 seasons, (1950–1951; 1953–1955; 1958–1966), with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Herbert signed with his hometown Tigers after attending Detroit Catholic Central High School. After prepping with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 1949–50, Herbert received his first MLB trial in August 1950. In his debut, he started against the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park. He worked into the eighth inning, and was holding a 3–2 lead when he surrendered a two-run home run to Sam Chapman. Herbert was tagged with the loss, although he registered an eight-inning complete game. In 1951, he made the Tigers out of spring training and appeared in five early-season games, all in relief; remarkably, he was the winning pitcher in four of those contests, and compiled a low 1.42 earned run average in 12​2⁄3 innings pitched. Herbert then joined the military for Korean War service, missing the rest of 1951 and all of 1952.When Herbert returned to the Tigers in 1953–54. he got into 85 games, mostly in relief, but was ineffective, winning seven of 19 decisions and posting a poor 5.55 ERA in 172 innings pitched. Then, on May 11, 1955, his contract was purchased by the Athletics during their first season in Kansas City. However, Herbert continued to struggle, winning one game and losing eight in 23 games split almost evenly between starting and relieving. He then spent two consecutive seasons, 1956–57, back in Triple-A. Finally, in 1958, at age 28, Herbert returned to the Major Leagues as a reliable pitcher. Pitching for a succession of poor Athletics teams, he won 36 games while losing 40 (for a winning percentage of .474) before being traded to the first-division White Sox on June 10, 1961.

Herbert's 3​1⁄2 years with the ChiSox were his most successful. He went 48–32 (.600) in 109 games (all but two as a starter) and 710​2⁄3 innings pitched. In 1962, he had his best campaign, winning 20 games (losing nine) and making the American League All-Star Team. Appearing in the second All-Star Game held that summer, on July 30, 1962, at Wrigley Field, Herbert hurled three scoreless innings of relief and was credited with the victory when the AL broke a 1–1 deadlock and went on to a 9–4 triumph. It would be the Junior Circuit's last All-Star win until 1971. The following season, he led the 1963 American League in shutouts thrown, with seven. His workload was reduced in 1964, but Herbert was still effective as a spot starter, going 6–7 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts.

He was traded to the National League Philadelphia Phillies that offseason, where he worked as a spot starter in 1965 (notching four complete games) and as a reliever in 1966, his last year in baseball.

In 407 career big-league games, Herbert had a win-loss record of 104–107 with 68 complete games, 13 shutouts and 15 saves. In 1,881​1⁄3 total innings pitched, he allowed an even 2,000 hits and 571 bases on balls; he struck out 864. A competent hitter, he batted .192 lifetime with 109 hits, 21 doubles, seven home runs and 51 runs batted in.

Sam Chapman (footballer)

Etienne Samuel "Sam" Chapman (26 April 1876 – 2 December 1949) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL).Chapman was educated at Scotch College and played his early football in the Victorian Football Association, for Fitzroy, St Kilda and South Melbourne.A forward, Chapman joined Carlton for the 1897 VFL season, the inaugural league season. He played 13 games that year and kicked four of Carlton's five goals in their round six defeat of St Kilda at Junction Oval, to register their first ever VFL win.In the 1898 VFL season, Chapman made a further 12 appearances.Chapman was a VFL goal umpire from 1902 to 1913. He officiated in a total of 160 games, including grand finals in 1907, 1911 and 1913.

Sam Chapman (speedway rider)

Sam Chapman (born 16 February 1989) is a British speedway rider who in 2015 rode for Plymouth Devils in the Premier League and Birmingham Brummies in the National League.

Steven Rode

Steven Rode (born 6 April 1980) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL) in 2000.

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