Sam Chapman - 1951 Bowman

Samuel Blake “Sam” Chapman (1916-2006) was an All-American for the California Golden Bears on the baseball diamond, but also on the football field as he helped lead them to the 1938 Rose Bowl victory and national championship – the team’s last Rose Bowl victory and national title. The Washington Redskins took Sam in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft, but he chose baseball over football and began his professional career with the Philadelphia Athletics shortly after graduation. In his first four years in the centerfield with Philadelphia, Chapman hit .322 in his fourth season before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. He possessed a strong arm, above average speed and excellent power. He hit 20 or more home runs in five of his 11 years in Philadelphia (1938-1941, 1945-1951) and 13 or more nine times. He finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1951. Sam’s best year came in 1949 when he hit .278 with career highs of 164 hits, 80 walks, a .367 on-base percentage and 108 RBI. He was also named an American League All-Star in 1946. Chapman led all AL centerfielders in putouts three times, assists and double plays twice, but also errors six times. Sam Chapman retired following his brief stint in Cleveland having collected 1,329 hits, 754 runs, 180 home runs and 774 RBI while batting .266 in 1,368 career Major League games. He also posted a .972 fielding percentage.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (30)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

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08/12/2005 $1,546 9 152 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure III Card & Ball Auction Auction 90419977
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