Samuel Walter Page
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Sam Page's career pitching numbers wouldn't strike much fear into a hitter -- a 6.95 ERA, 34 hits and 15 walks in 22 innings pitched. However, for four games during the 1939 season, he had the chance to pitch at the highest levels of baseball.
Page was a baseball and football star at Woodruff High School. The school later enshrined Page into its baseball and football Halls of Fame and they named him the Player of the Decade for the 1930s. After graduating from high school, he went a little farther north to attend Clemson on an athletic scholarship. His baseball career also included the textile leagues in South Carolina where he was a player and manager.
Page began the 1939 season with the Athletics in spring training. On March 31, he started an exhibition game between Philadelphia and Houston of the Texas League. Page surrendered a run on an error in the second inning of the A's loss.
According to wire reports, Page opened the 1939 season with Williamsport of the Eastern League. There, he put together a 7-9 record and in September, he received a chance to pitch for the Athletics.
His debut in the majors came on Sept. 11 in a game against Boston. Page got his chance after Philadelphia starter Nels Potter surrendered four runs in the first inning. The rookie held the Red Sox scoreless until the fifth inning when he gave up two runs. He was relieved in a sixth inning that saw Boston score five more. Page also recorded his first major league hit in the game.
On Sept. 18, Page pitched a complete game against the Indians, surrendering nine runs, 13 hits and three walks. Cleveland's Roy Weatherly and Ben Chapman each had three hits off of Page in the game that was attended by just 300 people in Philadelphia. Page collected two runs in two at-bats.
His final appearance in the majors came on Sept. 28 when he started the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees. The Athletics won the game, 5-3, but Page did not figure into the decision. He recorded three strikeouts in the game and gave up three walks.
He opened the 1940 season with Memphis, but on July 22, his contract was sold to Albany of the Eastern League. He was on the Memphis roster prior to the start of the 1941 season, but his contract was sold to Williamsport of the Eastern League on March 10.
Page died in 2002 at the age of 86.