Sam Jones biography

Sam Jones

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1925 – 1971

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Who was Sam Jones?

Samuel Jones, known during his career as "Toothpick Sam" Jones or "Sad Sam" Jones, was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1951 to 1964.

Born in Stewartsville, Ohio, Jones began his major league career with the Cleveland Indians in 1951. When he entered a game on May 3, 1952, 39-year-old rookie Quincy Trouppe, a Negro League veteran, was behind the plate. Together they formed the first black battery in American League history. Both Sam Jones and Quincy Trouppe played for the Cleveland Buckeyes in the Negro League

After the 1954 season, the Tribe traded him to the Chicago Cubs for two players to be named later, one of who was slugger Ralph Kiner. In 1956, the Cubs traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in a multi-player deal; prior to the 1959 season, he was dealt once again, this time to the San Francisco Giants for Bill White and Ray Jablonski. He was picked 25th by the expansion Houston Colt .45s in the 1961 expansion draft, then traded to the Detroit Tigers for Bob Bruce and Manny Montejo. He rejoined the Cardinals for the 1963 campaign and played 1964 with the Baltimore Orioles. He spent the final three years of his pro career as a relief pitcher with the Columbus Jets of the International League before retiring at the end of the 1967 season.

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Born
Dec 14, 1925
Stewartsville
Also known as
  • "Toothpick Sam" Jones
  • "Sad Sam" Jones
  • Samuel Jones
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Ohio
Died
Nov 5, 1971
Morgantown

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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