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Encyclopedia > Sam Jethroe

Samuel Jethroe (January 20, 1918 - June 18, 2001) was a center fielder in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball. Jethroe was a switch-hitter and threw right handed. He was one of the first black baseball players in the major leagues and the oldest player to win Rookie of the Year honors. January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... In baseball, a switch hitter (or switch-hitter) is a batter who is able to hit from both the right and left sides of the plate. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the top rookie baseball player in the American and National Leagues. ...


Nicknamed "The Jet", for his stunning speed, Jethroe was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. Between 1943 and 1948, he played for the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League, leading the hitters in batting average twice and stolen bases three times. East St. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball statistics, stolen bases (denoted by SB) is a count of the number of bases successfully stolen by a player. ...


In 1945, Jethroe was one of three black players to tryout for the Boston Red Sox. He was turned away, along with Marvin Williams and Jackie Robinson. From 1948-49 he played for Montreal in the International League, leading the league with 89 stolen bases in 1949. See also: 1944 in sports, 1946 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball January 28: Hall of Fame election: Baseball writers fail to elect a new inductee. ... Boston Red Sox American League AAA Pawtucket Red Sox AA Portland Sea Dogs A Wilmington Blue Rocks Greenville Bombers Lowell Spinners R Gulf Coast Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Brooklyn Dodger infielder Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947. ... The International League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...


On April 18, 1950, Jethroe became the first black player on the Boston Braves roster. He was named rookie of the year that season at 32 of age, after hit a .273 average with 18 home runs and 58 RBI. His 35 stolen bases topped the National League. See also: 1949 in sports, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the jurisdiction of the Fédération... Atlanta Braves National League AAA Richmond Braves AA Mississippi Braves A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Rome Braves R Danville Braves Orlando Braves The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ...


Jethroe enjoyed his best season in 1951, when he posted career-highs in average (.280), RBI (65), hits (160), doubles (29), triples (10) and matched his 18 homers. He also repeated his 35 steals, once again to lead the league, but In 1952 Jethroe slumped badly, hitting .232, and reportedly had vision trouble. See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... See also: 1951 in sports, 1953 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 Chuck Stevenson won the season championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: Hermann Lang / Fritz Reiss won, driving...


Jethroe spent 1953 in Triple-A Toledo, batting .307. Before the 1954 season he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played his final majors game on April 15, 1954. After that, he spent the next five seasons at Toronto in the International League. Despite being amongst the league leaders in hits, runs and stolen bases during that span, he never got another chance in the majors. The Toledo Mud Hens are a minor league baseball team located in Toledo, Ohio. ... See also: 1953 in sports, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Froilán Gonz... Pittsburgh Pirates National League AAA Indianapolis Indians AA Altoona Curve A Lynchburg Hillcats Hickory Crawdads Williamsport Crosscutters R Bradenton Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


In a four-season career, Jethroe was a .261 hitter with 49 home runs, 181 RBI and 98 stolen bases in 442 games.


After his baseball career ended, Jethroe settled in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he tended bar to support himself and his family. He died at age of 93. A picture of Erie from across Presque Isle Bay Presque Isle State Park, known to locals as the peninsula. ...


Highlights

  • NL Rookie of the Year (1950)
  • Twice led NL in stolen bases (1950-51)
  • Hit the last grand slam in Boston Braves history (June 7, 1952)

In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ...

See also

This list consists of players who participated in Negro League baseball from its first organized structure in 1920 until 1948, after Major League Baseballs color line barring African American players had been broken. ... Below is the list of the First Black players in Major League Baseball by team and chronological order. ... The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame shall proceed in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ...

External links

  • Baseball Library (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jethroe_Sam.stm) - Profile and chronology
  • Baseball Reference (http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/jethrsa01.shtml) - Career statistics and analysis

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sam Jethroe - BR Bullpen (1320 words)
Sam Jethroe was a speedy Negro League player who eventually played three years in the major leagues, starting in 1950 at the age of 32.
Sam continued to shine in Cleveland, hitting.393 to lead the NAL for the second straight season, led in triples for the second time (10) and led in steals (21) for the second time as probably the league's brighest star, outshining the likes of Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige.
Jethroe, at age 34, slipped to.232/.318/.357 in 1952 but was still second in the 1952 NL with 28 steals.
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