Sam Chapman

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Samuel Blake Chapman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sam Chapman played halfback on the University of California football team that won the 1938 Rose Bowl and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame [1]. Chapman was drafted by the Washington Redskins after his college career, but chose baseball instead. He also played baseball at Cal and following graduation was signed by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics. Prior to his debut with the A's in 1938, he had never seen a major league game.

Chapman hit 20 or more homers for three consecutive years with the lackluster A's, and had his best season in 1941 when he hit .322 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs. However, playing on a last-place club, his numbers were overshadowed by Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. He missed most of the next four (prime) years while serving during World War II, entering the Navy in November 1941 and being discharged in September 1945. He made the All-Star team his first year back from service, hitting .261 with 20 home runs for the Athletics in 1946. Chapman continued to play for the Athletics until being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1951. After his big league career ended, he played for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League.

Chapman died at age 90 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1946)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1940, 1941, 1946, 1949 & 1950)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1941 & 1949)

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