Samuel W. Trott
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut May 29, 1880
- Final Game July 28, 1888
- Born March 3, 1857 in Baltimore, MD USA
- Died June 5, 1925 in Catonsville, MD USA
" . . . every finger of his two hands was as gnarled as a cypress-tree." - H.L. Mencken, writing in his autobiography about knowing Sam Trott, who caught for most of his career without a glove
Sam Trott played catcher, infield, and outfield during eight seasons in the majors in the 1880s. He also managed briefly in 1891.
In spite of being left-handed, he played most of his major league games at catcher and at second base. Although Baseball Reference lists him as batting left-handed as well, one source claims he batted right-handed.
Oddly, his last season was his best with the bat. He hit .278 and slugged .454 on a team that hit only .229 and slugged .306.
The book Baseball in Baltimore: The First 100 Years has a photo of the 1885 Orioles team, including Trott.
One source says he was also a scout for Baltimore.
The writer H.L. Mencken, in his autobiography, says that his father employed Sam Trott as a cigar salesman and Trott later worked for a cigar factory.
- "Sam Trott Birth Found", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical research Committee Report, SABR, January/February 2019, p. 1.