Sammy Stewart

Samuel Lee Stewart (October 28, 1954 – March 2, 2018) was an American professional baseball player. He pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1978 to 1987. Stewart had the best earned run average (ERA) in the American League (AL) in 1981 and he pitched in the postseason in 1979 and 1983. He won the American League championship in 1979 and the World Series championship in 1983, both with the Baltimore Orioles. He became addicted to crack after he retired from baseball; this led to a prison term that ran from 2006 to 2013.

Sammy Stewart
Born: October 28, 1954
Asheville, North Carolina
Died: March 2, 2018 (aged 63)
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1978, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1987, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record59–48
Earned run average3.59
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Stewart was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Owen High School in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and Montreat College, and signed his first pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 1975.


Stewart established a new record for most consecutive strikeouts in an MLB debut with seven in the Orioles' 9–3 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader at Memorial Stadium on September 1, 1978.[1] His performance surpassed the milestone established by Karl Spooner in 1954.[2]

Stewart appeared in one game of the 1979 World Series. In ​2 23 innings, he gave up four hits but did not surrender a run. In 1981, he led the American League in ERA (2.32).[3]

In the 1983 American League Championship Series and the 1983 World Series, he pitched a combined ​9 13 innings over five games, did not give up any runs, struck out eight batters. He earned an ALCS save on October 7.[3] He had been placed on 18 months probation the day before, stemming from a July arrest for driving while intoxicated. His attorney announced that Stewart was undergoing treatment for alcohol problems.[4]

Stewart was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Jackie Gutiérrez after the 1985 season. In February 1986, newspapers reported that the Orioles wanted to nullify the trade because of the emotional state of Gutierrez. Stewart said that he had already settled in Boston and that he would fight any attempts to return him to Baltimore.[5]

Years after his retirement, Stewart blamed Boston's 1986 World Series loss on the team's manager, John McNamara. He said that he had not been on good terms with McNamara since he narrowly missed a team bus after visiting his son in the hospital. A confrontation ensued between Stewart and the team's traveling secretary. Stewart said that McNamara held a grudge from the incident which led to Stewart not appearing in the World Series.[6]

He pitched in 359 major league games, finishing with a 59–48 record, 45 saves, and a 3.59 earned run average (ERA).[3]

Personal life

The year after he retired from baseball, Stewart became addicted to crack cocaine. He said that the drug helped him not to feel the absence of baseball in his life. Several attempts at rehabilitation were unsuccessful and he slept under bridges in the Asheville area for a while.[6]

Between 1989 and 2006, Stewart was arrested 26 times and spent several stints in prison.[6] Following a string of domestic disturbances with his wife Peggy, he was charged with kidnapping in 1989 after she said he beat her and held her against her will overnight.[7] They separated in 1994.[8]

In October 2006, he was sentenced to 80 to 105 months in the Buncombe Correctional Center on drug possession charges after accepting a plea bargain as a habitual felon.[2] He was released in January 2013, then moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, to live with his girlfriend Cherie (married in 2015 until his death). He began teaching pitching lessons to local youth baseball players.[8]

Stewart had a son and a daughter with Peggy; both children had cystic fibrosis. His son died in 1991 at age 11, and his daughter received a double lung transplant, before dying in 2016.,[9] He also had two sons from another relationship.[8]

Stewart was found dead in his Hendersonville home on March 2, 2018.[9] An autopsy report released by the Henderson County medical examiner seven months later on October 1 disclosed that the causes of death were hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Baltimore Orioles 9, Chicago White Sox 3 (2); Friday, September 1, 1978 (N) at Memorial Stadium Retrosheet
  2. ^ a b Eisenberg, John. "From a hero to felon", The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, December 17, 2006
  3. ^ a b c "Sammy Stewart Statistics and History". Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Stewart on probation". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 7, 1983. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Orioles seek reversal of Sammy Stewart trade". Ellensburg Daily Record. February 26, 1986. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Grossfeld, Stan "Rock bottom" The Boston Globe, Wednesday, October 25, 2006
  7. ^ Jarrett, Keith (October 11, 2011). "Former Swannanoa baseball star writes from prison". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Walker, Childs. "Former Oriole Sammy Stewart out of prison and enjoying a 'simple life'" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, October 27, 2013
  9. ^ a b "Former major-league pitcher Sammy Stewart dies at 63", by Keith Jarrett, WLOS
  10. ^ Walker, Childs. "Former Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart died of heart disease, autopsy says," The Baltimore Sun, Monday, October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018

External links

1947 Scottish League Cup Final (October)

The 1947–48 Scottish League Cup Final was played on 25 October 1947 and replayed on 1 November 1947. It was the final of the second Scottish League Cup competition, and it was contested by East Fife and Falkirk. The first match was a goalless draw, necessitating a reply that East Fife won 4–1, mainly thanks to a hat-trick by Davie Duncan.

1949 Scottish League Cup Final (October)

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1949–50 Scottish Cup

The 1949–50 Scottish Cup was the 65th staging of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The Cup was won by Rangers who defeated East Fife in the final.

1953 Scottish League Cup Final

The 1953 Scottish League Cup Final was played on 24 October 1953, at Hampden Park in Glasgow and was the final of the 8th Scottish League Cup competition. The final was contested by East Fife and Partick Thistle. East Fife won the match 3–2, thanks to goals by Frank Christie, Charlie Fleming and Ian Gardiner.

1978 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1978 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing fourth in the American League East with a record of 90 wins and 71 losses.

1979 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1979 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. The Orioles finished first in the American League East division of Major League Baseball with a record of 102 wins and 57 losses. They went on to defeat the California Angels in the 1979 American League Championship Series, 3 games to 1, before losing in the 1979 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3.

1980 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1980 Baltimore Orioles season was the club's 26th season in Baltimore. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 100 wins and 62 losses.

1983 American League Championship Series

The 1983 American League Championship Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles from October 5 to 8.

The Orioles won the series three games to one. Although the White Sox took Game 1 won by a score of 2–1, the Orioles came back to win the last three games of the series. The Orioles went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the 1983 World Series. In the regular season the White Sox won the West Division by twenty games with a 99–63 record. The Orioles won the East Division by six games with a 98–64 record.

1983 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1983 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. The season culminated with the winning of the 1983 World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies.

2008–09 Aberdeen F.C. season

Aberdeen competed in the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup during the 2008–09 season.

Richie Byrne, Barry Nicholson, Steve Lovell, Derek Soutar, Dave Bus, Jonathan Smith, Greg Kelly, Alan Maybury, Jackie McNamara and Dan Smith all left the club, mostly on Bosman transfers, and Josh Walker returned down South to Middlesbrough. On 5 July 2008, Karim Touzani returned to his native homeland of Netherlands to sign for Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

The club brought in several players; Bertrand Bossu, Sammy Stewart, Gary McDonald, Mark Kerr, Charlie Mulgrew were all given two-year contracts by the club. Tommy Wright signed from Darlington, he cost £100,000 and was given a three-year contract. The club signed Jared Hodgkiss on loan from West Bromwich Albion for the first half of the season, and in January signed Manchester City youngster Javan Vidal until the end of the season. On transfer deadline day, the club signed Sone Aluko from Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee.

Alex Hill (musician)

Alex Hill (April 22, 1906 – February 1937) was an American jazz pianist.

Hill was a child prodigy on piano, which he learned from his mother. While studying at Shorter College he met Alphonse Trent, and began arranging material for him. He graduated in 1922 and played in various territory bands, including Terrence Holder's. From 1924 to 1926 he led his own ensemble; later in 1926 he played with Speed Webb, and in 1927 he spent time with Mutt Carey's Jeffersonians and Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders.Late in 1927 he relocated to Chicago, and held a job as an arranger for the Melrose Music Publishing Company, while simultaneously arranging for the Carroll Dickerson Orchestra. He played with Jimmy Wade in 1928, Jimmie Noone in 1929, and Sammy Stewart in 1930. In 1929, Hill plus the guitar players Dan Roberts and Alex Robinson, recorded for Paramount Records billed as the Hokum Boys. Later that year, Ikey Robinson recorded for OKeh Records, both with Jimmy Blythe and later with Hill. In addition, in the second half of 1929 this ensemble was joined by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, issuing a small number of recordings billed as the Famous Hokum Boys.While on tour with Stewart he moved to New York City. There he arranged for Paul Whiteman, Benny Carter, Claude Hopkins, Andy Kirk, Ina Ray Hutton, the Mills Blue Rhythm Orchestra, and Duke Ellington. He also did charts for Fats Waller, Eddie Condon, and Willie Bryant. Additionally, he became staff arranger for the Mills Music Company. He and Fats Waller did a show together in New York called Hello 1931, and accompanied Adelaide Hall. He recorded his own composition Passing Time With Me with Art Gillham on Columbia Records on October 7, 1930.

Hill again put together his own group in 1935, but after playing at the Savoy Ballroom, he disbanded the ensemble due to his tuberculosis. He moved back to Little Rock, Arkansas, and died in 1937 at the age of 30.Most of his recordings can be found on Alex Hill 1928-34, released on CD by Timeless Records in 1998. It includes recordings he made with Albert Wynn, Jimmy Wade, Jimmie Noone, Junie Cobb, Eddie Condon, and the Hokum Trio, in addition to 11 tunes he did as bandleader.

George Dixon (trumpeter)

Not to be confused with George W. Dixon of The Spinners.

George Dixon (April 8, 1909, New Orleans—August 1, 1994, Chicago) was an American jazz trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist.

Although he was born in New Orleans, Dixon moved often as a child with his father, a minister who toured the American South. He began playing violin at age 13 while living in Natchez, Mississippi, and studied the instrument at Arkansas State College, where he also picked up alto saxophone.

Dixon moved to Chicago in 1926, where he played with Sammy Stewart from 1928, including on a tour of New York City in 1930. Dixon then worked with Earl Hines throughout the decade of the 1930s. He led a Navy band in Memphis, Tennessee during World War II, then played in Chicago with Floyd Campbell, Ted Eggleston, and others. He led his own band at the Circle Inn in the 1940s and early 1950s.

From about the mid-1950s Dixon stopped playing full-time, though he continued to play occasionally up until his death in 1994.

George James (musician)

George James (December 7, 1906, in Boggs, Oklahoma – January 30, 1995, in Columbus, Ohio) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist.

James's career began late in the 1920s, in the bands of Charlie Creath and Johnny Neal. He moved to Chicago in 1928, where he played with Jimmie Noone, Sammy Stewart, Ida Marples, Jabbo Smith, and Bert Hall. Late in 1931 he toured with Louis Armstrong, and he remained in New York City at the end of the tour, where he joined the Savoy Bearcats and, later, Charlie Turner's Arcadians. Fats Waller assumed leadership of the Arcadians in the middle of the decade, and James played under him until 1937.

James finished the decade of the 1930s playing in the Blackbirds Revue. Early in the 1940s he worked with James P. Johnson, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, and Lucky Millinder, and led his own band in 1943-44. Later in the decade James played with Claude Hopkins and Noble Sissle. He was active both as a leader and a sideman into the 1970s, playing with Clyde Bernhardt in that decade.

Horace Henderson

Horace W. Henderson (November 22, 1904 – August 29, 1988), the younger brother of Fletcher Henderson, was an American jazz pianist, organist, arranger, and bandleader.Henderson was born in Cuthbert, Georgia. While later attending Wilberforce University he formed a band called the Collegians, which included Benny Carter and Rex Stewart. This band was later known as the Horace Henderson Orchestra and then as the Dixie Stompers. Henderson left it to work with Sammy Stewart, then in 1928 organized a new band called the Collegians. Don Redman took over this band in 1931; Henderson continued to work as the band's pianist and arranger before leaving to work for his brother.

Fletcher Henderson's book contained about as many of Horace's arrangements as of Fletcher's. Although Horace worked continually, led bands, arranged, recorded, and composed into the 1980s, and although he is considered by many the more talented and skillful of the Henderson brothers, Fletcher remained more popular and accomplished more in the field.Horace Henderson arranged for many other jazz musicians of the era. Among his other clients for arrangements were Charlie Barnet, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, and Jimmie Lunceford. His best-known arrangements were of his own "Hot and Anxious" (part of which became the main theme of "In The Mood") and "Christopher Columbus", of which he was one of the writers (but never received credit). He also wrote another popular instrumental of the big band era titled "Big John's Special". These were three important compositions of the period.

At different times in his career, Horace was pianist and musical director for both Lena Horne and Billie Holiday.


Sammy is a nickname, frequently for people named Samuel, and also an English spelling of the Arabic name Sami.

Sammy Stewart (boxer)

Sammy Stewart (born 9 March 1969) is a Liberian boxer. He competed in the men's light flyweight event at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Sammy Stewart (disambiguation)

Sammy Stewart (born 1954) is an American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)

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Sammy Stewart (footballer, born 1920)

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He scored two goals for the club. One came on his debut against East Stirlingshire on 27 August 1938 at Bayview after 4 minutes. The second was against the same club, again at Bayview, on 6 April 1960. A gap of 21 years and 223 days.

Sammy Stewart (footballer, born 1991)

Sammy Stewart (born 1 March 1991 in Portadown, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish professional football player currently without a club after being released by Cowdenbeath.

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